Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyer Says Impaired Driver Owes Teen Injured in Own Home

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Personal injury lawyer Randy Sevenish, founder of the Sevenish Law Firm, comments on an Indianapolis DUI auto crash that injured a 16-year-old in her own home. The driver, Devon Sylvester, travelled more than 30 yards off the roadway before he smashed a hole in the side of the house.

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When someone chooses to drive after using alcohol or other drugs, he or she is placing both his or her own life and the lives of others in danger.

A teen was seriously hurt when a driver crashed his SUV into the side of her family’s house, reported the Indianapolis Star. Police arrested the driver on suspicion of drunken driving. Here is a situation where the injured victim was absolutely not at fault. It’s one of those accidents that highlights just how dangerous impaired driving is and how that driving behavior consistently injures innocent people, personal injury lawyer, Indianapolis-based Randy Sevenish said.

The 16-year-old was hit in the living room of her home while she was watching television with her mother, said the Indy Star. Another family member was thrown across the room. The SUV had traveled approximately 30 yards before smashing into the house stated the Indianapolis Star.

Devon Sylvester faces preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia, reported the Indianapolis Star.

“For the family, this accident will most likely be very traumatic. Besides the physical trauma, there will be emotional issues. There may be guilt for not being able to protect each other, even if there is no possibility they could have. Another hard part about being involved in an accident like this is knowing the crash could have been prevented,” said Sevenish, founder of the Sevenish Law Firm.

Driving under the influence is a crime and DUI is a criminal choice too many people make. Tragically, this bad decision can lead to catastrophic injuries when the impaired driver causes a car accident, he said.

Drunk driving Indiana according to the State of Indiana 2010 Traffic Safety Quick Facts, 4.3 percent (8,339) of all collisions were alcohol-related, and 2.5 percent (4,905) of all collisions involved a driver that was legally alcohol-impaired. Of the fatal collisions, 24.7 percent were alcohol-related, and 18.5 percent involved a driver that was legally alcohol-impaired.

If you were the victim or lost a loved one due to an Indiana DUI auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation for physical and emotional injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other loss caused by the accident.

“When someone chooses to drive after using alcohol or other drugs, he or she is placing both his or her own life and the lives of others in danger. Such a careless choice made by a driver should have consequences, particularly when other people are injured or killed,” said Sevenish.

If you are looking for lawyers with a strong record of successful settlements and verdicts to help with your legal matter, contact the Sevenish Law Firm at (800) 278-9200.

About Sevenish Law Firm:

Sevenish Law is a law firm that serves clients throughout the Indianapolis, Indiana area, and state-wide for that matter, by providing quality, aggressive and compassionate legal representation for serious injuries caused by a motor vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle crash, wrongful death and other negligence claims including law enforcement and public safety officers injured in an on-duty or off-duty crash.

Randall Sevenish has represented injury victims since 1985. Before practicing law, Sevenish was a captain in the Marion County Sheriff's Department. He founded the county's SWAT team, attended the FBI Academy, and was honored as "Police Officer of the Year" by the City of Indianapolis for his efforts as a police instructor. Law enforcement, as well as his martial arts training and his deep religious faith, shaped his character, and gave Sevenish valuable life and practical skills, well beyond law school, that he employs in seeking aggressive and spirited compensation for his clients.

Sevenish Law Firm takes cases throughout Central Indiana which includes Indianapolis and statewide, from South Bend and Fort Wayne to Terre Haute, Columbus and beyond.

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