Those involved in serious motor vehicle accidents often suffer severe injury. A collision can result in a head or brain injury, which can lead to disability and even death. In fact, a Hartford woman was killed due to a head on crash on I-84. A 29-year-old male drove his Audi A5 the wrong way entering the interstate at the exit 29 off ramp. The man was traveling east in the left lane when he struck the woman’s Ford Five Hundred.
The 61-year-old woman driving the Ford suffered multiple head fractures and internal injuries. An ambulance transported her to St. Mary’s Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. The male driver of the other vehicle was transported to Waterbury Hospital with a broken leg and possible head injury.
Police are asking that anyone with information on the accident to contact the Connecticut State Police. Also, according to reports, it was not immediately clear whether or not either driver was wearing a seatbelt.
Seatbelts are certainly a valuable safety device but cannot prevent all injuries. Head injuries can occur whether or not a seatbelt is worn. Even slow speed accidents may result in a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBI, consist of debilitating symptoms that can leave their victims in varying levels of disability.
Survivors with head injuries may struggle to function for months or years after an accident. Sometimes they never do. Also, the possible reduction in earning capacity can have tragic effects on the victims and their families. Fortunately, legal options exist to assist these victims in securing an award that may cover all future losses that a brain injury could inflict.
Source: Hartford Courant, “Woman Dies After Wrong Way Crash On I-84,” David P. McKay, Dec. 23, 2012