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Abigail’s Story: Tracking Down a Drunk Driver and Getting Answers After a Crash

hit by drunk driver alabama Abigail was on her way to her job as a dog groomer. She loved caring for the animals and was looking forward to her day. As she was traveling down US 98, Abigail noticed a car coming up quickly behind her. That speeding car was about to change her life forever.

Abigail tried to stay out of the car’s way; she was going the speed limit and driving safely. But the driver suddenly swerved into her lane. The other driver crashed into the back of Abigail’s car, sending Abigail swerving across the road. Abigail crashed into a ditch, through a fence, and her car flipped over twice. She finally slid to a stop, crashing into a parked car.

The driver sped off, not stopping to see if Abigail was dead or alive. A witness followed the reckless driver and called the police to make sure they were arrested. The witness also reported that the at-fault driver had dropped a bottle of gin out of their window before stopping.

The at-fault driver was clearly intoxicated, smelling heavily of alcohol. The police report indicates that she had a .095 blood-alcohol concentration, a number that is significantly over the legal limit.

Fortunately, Abigail was alive. She was removed from the wreckage of her car and taken to South Baldwin Hospital to be treated for her injuries.

Abigail Suffers a Serious Spinal Fracture and Other Injuries

At the hospital, Abigail learned she had suffered a T12 fracture in the accident, a fractured vertebrate in the middle of her back that can cause immense pain, suffering, and even paralysis. She was fortunate and did not experience any spinal cord damage. She left the hospital bruised and sore but able to walk.

However, Abigail needed extensive follow-up treatment, including care from an orthopedic specialist. She had to miss several weeks of work and eventually resigned from her job as a groomer because she couldn’t lift the dogs due to her severe back pain.

Once a bright and independent person, Abigail had to be extremely careful doing routine activities, like cleaning. She now had to go slowly and carefully, cautious not to over-exert herself or make the injury worse. She was extremely stressed and worried about the future, especially as medical bills began to pile up. It felt like her life was falling apart.

Unbeknownst to her, the drunk driver was able to enter a special “deferred prosecution” program that allowed her to escape conviction. When she found this out, Abigail was floored. Feeling like the justice system had failed her, she decided to call the Andy Citrin team.

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Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys Team Explores Every Possible Option on Abigail’s Behalf

hit by drunk driver alabamaWhen the Andy Citrin team took over Abigail’s case, we immediately began investigating her options. Our lawyers discovered that three insurance policies applied to her injuries and losses. We also pursued punitive damages for Abigail, a type of court-ordered compensation that punishes an at-fault driver for intentional or very reckless behavior. We were determined to get answers and justice on her behalf.

Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys was also there to support Abigail when things were the most tough. We answered all her questions, reassured her when she felt uncertain, and most importantly, made her feel safe. After all she’s been through, Abigail finally felt like she found people she could trust.

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The Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys Team Gets Results

After months of fighting, we got Abigail the results she needed, a $150,000 settlement that more than covered her medical bills, lost wages, and cost of her totaled car. Thanks to the Andy Citrin team, Abigail was able to find closure from the horrible accident and get her life back on track.


“I don’t know where to start on how wonderful and great this law firm is. They have been there every second of every hour. I called them on the weekend when I had a little anxiety attack, they answered and reassured me… as well as breaking down what I needed to know!”


She gave the firm high praise, saying, “I don’t know where to start on how wonderful and great this law firm is. They have been there every second of every hour. I called them on the weekend when I had a little anxiety attack, they answered and reassured me… as well as breaking down what I needed to know!”

Were You Hurt in a Crash With a Drunk Driver? Don’t Wait to Call the Andy Citrin Team for Help

At Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys, we believe that everyone has the right to safety on Alabama and Mississippi’s roads. Drunk drivers put everyone at risk, and no one should have to deal with the fallout of an accident caused by someone else’s bad decision. That’s why we’re committed to fighting for victims like Abigail across Alabama and Mississippi.

If you or someone you love is suffering after a crash with a negligent drunk driver and need support as you pursue justice, don’t hesitate to give our team a call. We can meet with you in a free, no-risk consultation so you can share your story, get an idea of how much your injuries and damages are worth, and decide what to do next. To schedule your meeting with an experienced member of our law firm today, call our office at  251-888-8888  or fill out our online contact form.

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