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Drinking & Driving: Sisters’ Record Verdict Won’t Restore Pre-Injury Life

Although Marta Perez and Rosie Landeros recently received a record, multi-million dollar, verdict in a lawsuit against Gustavo Davalos Torres, the two Bakersfield, CA sisters will never have the lives they did before June 15, 2007.

Ms. Perez and Ms. Landeros, 16 and 25 respectively at the time of the accident, were in a Honda Civic out for an evening of dinner and a movie. Gustavo Torres was driving under the influence when he ran a stop sign and crashed into the Honda. Toxicology reports showed that Torres blood alcohol content at the time of the accident was .16, twice the legal limit. Mr. Torres told first told the authorities that he only had two beers; he later changed it to four. In order to have an alcohol level of .16, Torres would have consumed 8 to 12 beers.

Mr. Torres was returning the truck he was driving back to Palla Rosa Farms, his employer at the time. He was able to walk away from the accident with no serious injuries. Unfortunately, that was not the case for the two sisters. Perez and Landeros were rushed to the hospital with traumatic brain injuries. Ms. Perez recovered enough to return to her job at a rehabilitation center. Ms. Landeros was not as fortunate. She was in a coma for six weeks and suffers from memory loss; she has no control over her emotions or judgment. She is confined to a walker, her left leg has virtually no strength, and her left arm is still bent from the impact. She will need constant round-the-clock care the rest of her life. Her years of high school and graduation were lost. Her dream of becoming a nurse shattered. “You can’t put a price on what happened,” said now 28-year-old Marta Perez. “Money is not going to change life back to the way it was before.”

We continue to hear of these unnecessary tragedies; they are senseless and avoidable. When will they stop? If you wish to drink, that is your choice: but please, make a conscious decision, before you take the first drink, to not mix drinking with driving. Please, if you decide to drink, stay off the road! Make wise choices in your life; the choices you make could be life-altering and may seriously affect the lives of others.

Think about innocents like Rosie Landeros. While her financial recovery will certainly assist in providing her future care and living needs, it will never give her back the live she was enjoying or allow her to experience her dream to be a nurse. Can we put a price tag on a teenager’s dream? On her future quality of life? If you are one of the “Mr. Torres'” of the world, is the drink worth it? Will you enjoy prison? What will your quality of life be, knowing you had seriously damaged a young person’s life, forever?

This case took almost three years to resolve. Both victims suffered serious injuries and serious financial damage. Incomes were severely restricted during that time. Thankfully, both were able to wait out the long legal process and receive appropriate justice for their injuries. Perhaps they received lawsuit funding to get by. By now, you know that lawsuit funding assists families who are struggling to make ends meet due to injury or death caused by auto accidents, slip and falls, malpractice, product defects, and other accidental injuries. In this case, it would have been of substantial assistance to the victims of this drunk driver. If you are involved in a pending personal injury lawsuit and worried about paying bills or other financial obligations, Lawsuit Financial has your solution. Our pro-justice legal finance company is one of the country’s most experienced provider of legal funding services. If you have been injured in any type of lawsuit that was not your fault, please contact Lawsuit Financial today. We provide a free consultation and, if you are approved and receive lawsuit funding, we charge no fee unless you win your personal injury lawsuit. Call us today, toll free, at 1-877-377-SUIT (7848) or visit our website. The call or the visit is free; the advice is priceless.