We want to bring you a case that is tragic and a bit different than the normal kind of DUI stories we have, one that left a man paralyzed after a traumatic brain injury.
In December 2014, Matt Groth got into the back seat of a vehicle after celebrating with some friends after the end of the school year. The driver was Tyler Kersting, and together with two other passengers, they drove away from the party.
According to testimony, Kersting ran a stop sign and crashed his car into a tree. He and a female in the front passenger seat got out and ran away from the scene.
They left Groth and another passenger trapped in the backseat. They could not get out. EMS and fire crews responded and extricated them, but Groth had to be placed into a medically induced coma for a month while he recovered from a traumatic brain injury. He can no longer use his arms or legs.
Kresting was convicted of leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury, but not guilty on his two reckless driving charges and three DUI charges.
Groth was there for every day of the trial, though he was unable to testify or even carry a conversation.
What Went Wrong
Criminally, Kresting got off lightly. Because he left the scene of the crash, police were unable to perform sobriety tests. They caught up with him fives hours later. By then, his blood alcohol content was .05, legal in Florida.
Vehicle accidents are scary and often have devastating consequences, as the case of Mr. Groth. His life will never be the same and the person who injured him is not being held fully accountable for his crimes.
While we do not know how this case will end up playing out, we have handled similar cases in which the victim chooses to pursue a personal injury case against the person who injured them.
Vehicle accidents are expensive. For Mr. Groth’s case, a traumatic brain injury that has left him paralyzed will likely see medical costs over $1 million for the first year of care alone. His whole life will be dominated by expenses related to this accident.
Will insurance companies give him enough to live?
What To Do
If you have been injured in a vehicle accident that was due to someone else’s negligence, we know how confusing this may be for you. If you have to spend time in the hospital or get rehabilitation for your injuries, the medical costs can become tremendous. If you miss work and cannot earn money, the financial livelihood of your family could be in jeopardy.
When you need a car accident attorney in Pembroke Pines, you can count on the Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman to have your back. We will stop at nothing to ensure you are compensated fairly. You can contact us by clicking here or calling us at 954-438-1000 for a free consultation.