On June 30th of last year, Dennis Montgomery, a sanitation worker in Longview, Texas, was working his usual route down Alpine Road. While he was working, a car driven by Susan Skinner slammed into the rear of the garbage truck, pinning Montgomery between Ms. Skinner’s car and the sanitation truck. Emergency rescuers from the Longview Fire Department were forced to use air bags and the Jaws of Life to rescue Mr. Montgomery from between the vehicles. Upon searching Ms. Skinner’s vehicle, police found open cans of beer and a pipe used for smoking methamphetamine.
As noted in his recently filed lawsuit, Mr. Montgomery suffered substantial injuries as a result of this collision. In addition to multiple fractures and disfiguring scars, Montgomery, age 33, was forced to have his right leg amputated and can no longer walk. In addition to seeking damages for his past and future medical care, Montgomery is seeking recovery for his physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment, loss of earnings and earning capacity, loss of his right leg, and disfigurement. These are all damages that are recoverable pursuant to Texas law.
At the accident scene, Skinner denied to officers that she was under the influence of drugs, but admitted that she had drank one bottle of Bud Light beer that day and she was very tired from working at a local bar. Skinner also admitted that she did not remember the accident and may have been asleep at the wheel.
While Montgomery’s injuries are catastrophic, they are not uncommon. Injuries in automobile accidents are often much more severe when involving a pedestrian like Mr. Montgomery. If you or someone you know has been injured by an intoxicated or inattentive driver, it is important to understand your right to recover. Contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-396-3964 or toll free at 800-594-4884 for a confidential consultation.