Accidents occur every day. Fortunately, they are usually minor. Sometimes, however, an accident is extremely serious. A woman driving on a College area road is lucky to be alive after having survived a dangerous crash that sent her vehicle careening down a 50-foot drop.

Vehicle Went Airborne
Witnesses said they saw the woman’s vehicle hit a traffic light. Then, it continued on while traveling at a rather fast speed. The car then went airborne as it crashed into a 50-foot ditch on the other side of the roadway. The car did not hit any other vehicles, and barely missed running into two joggers who were on the road nearby. Rescuers were called to the scene, and the woman was extricated from her vehicle.

What Caused the Accident?
An accident of this magnitude is often fatal. A witness at the scene reported seeing the woman with her head down and her hands off the steering wheel as it went crashing past and into the ravine. The police are investigating the cause of the accident. The woman may have been drowsy, or could have suffered some type of medical emergency that caused her car to crash. The woman later stated that the accident happened after she hit a pothole, but a reporter at the site of the crash did not see any potholes nearby.

Distracted Driving is Dangerous
If the woman was distracted while she was behind the wheel, it could have caused the crash. Distractions are often found to be the reason behind many serious accidents. Distracted driving can occur due to cell phone use, changing the radio station, or even eating or drinking. Another cause of distraction is driving while drowsy. Getting behind the wheel while tired can be as dangerous as driving drunk.

Serious Injuries Caused by Distracted Driving
Severe injuries may be the result of distracted driving accidents. The distracted driver may be unaware of his or her proximity to other vehicles and may be speeding. As a result, the driver may fail to stop at a traffic light, or behind other vehicles, and may rear-end other cars. These rear-end accidents can cause significant injuries including neck, back, and head trauma. In situations such as this, the driver is negligent because he or she failed to control the vehicle.

What to Do After a Serious Accident and Injury
After a serious accident, the most important thing to do is to seek medical care as quickly as possible. The police will examine the scene of the accident, take witness statements, and try to determine how the crash happened. Talk to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the incident. Your lawyer will review the details of the crash and help determine the best way to proceed. In some cases, legal action is necessary to get the compensation necessary to pay for damages.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident, contact the experienced lawyers at the Law Office of Patrick G. Shea to schedule a consultation today.


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