A woman died and nine other people were injured after a Ford van rolled over in an accident on the 215 Beltway, according to reports. The collison threw one woman through the windshield; she died at the scene. The vehicle’s other passengers were transported to University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. There is no word on the cause of the rollover or if any other vehicles may have been involved.
Car Accidents Are A Major Problem In The United States
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, reports that in 2013 there were 32,719 traffic-related fatalities and 2.3 million injuries from car crashes in the United States.
Automobile crashes can result in a victim suffering one or more of the following types of injuries:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – Among the most common automobile accident-related injuries, a TBI occurs when the brain is jostled inside the skull by an impact such as that of a car crash. TBI is also among the most severe types of injuries, often causing life-long disability.
Neck Injury –A neck injury can include whiplash or much more severe injuries resulting in paralysis. As with a TBI, a serious neck injury may result in life-long medical problems and expenses.
Facial Injuries – A vehicle crash can result in major injuries to the face. These injuries occur when a motorist or passenger’s face collides with virtually any surface in the car. This can include the dashboard, steering wheel, windshield, airbag when it is deployed during a crash, car seats if riding in the backseat or shattered glass when a collision sprays window glass into the car’s cabin. As with injuries to head and neck, these range in seriousness from a few cuts and bruises to major lacerations and facial bone fractures.
Psychological Injuries – Along with physical injuries, car accident victims can suffer long-lasting emotional distress. Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is fairly common after particularly bad automobile accidents.
I Suffered Major Trauma After A Car Accident. What Can I Do?
If you suffered physical injury due to another person’s negligence while driving, you may be legally entitled to recover financial compensation for your injuries. It is vital that you know your rights and that you contact a reputable attorney immediately.
Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas has experienced attorneys who can help you with your car accident injury case. Call us today for a free consultation.