Regardless of what kind of vehicle you travel in — car, SUV, minivan or pickup truck — traffic accidents can result in injuries ranging from simple bumps and bruises to more serious compound fractures and internal bleeding. In the case of high-speed or head-on collisions, traumatic brain injuries, neck and spinal damage or even death can occur.
As a Maryland car accident attorney who has represented numerous individuals hurt in auto wrecks over the years, I know first hand the potentially serious injuries that can result from these kinds of crashes. A recent news story illustrated just how many people can be affected by a single highway accident.
According to news reports, nearly one dozen people were hurt in a Carroll County traffic accident earlier this month. The incident occurred just before 6pm on Friday, December 5 along Route 482. Based on a police investigation, the two-vehicle crash was a direct result of a blown-out tire.
The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office reported that a 2005 Kia Sedona minivan with nine occupants was traveling westbound along Route 482 when one of its tires blew. This caused the driver of the van to loss control of the vehicle, which crossed the centerline into the eastbound lane. The minivan then struck a 2005 Nissan pickup truck that was pulling a flatbed trailer.
The minivan hit the pickup truck along the driver’s side of the cab and bed area, after which the minivan spun to a stop on the eastbound shoulder beyond the truck and trailer. The Nissan reportedly left the roadway and hit a utility pole on the eastbound shoulder.
Following the arrival of rescue crews, two women in their twenties were transported by helicopter to Shock Trauma, while an 18-month-old child was flown to John’s Hopkins Children’s Center with facial injuries. All three were reportedly in stable condition at the time of the news article.
Eight other people were transported by ambulance to Carroll Hospital Center, where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries and later released. Meanwhile, a traffic accident reconstruction team from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office was conducting a detailed investigation, the results of which were not available at the time.
11 People Hurt in Carroll County Crash, ABC2.com, December 5, 2009