Automobile accidents are among the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). This is due to the particularly violent nature of a car crash. The jolting of the head from the impact may cause the brain to move around inside of the skull, causing injury. There is also the risk that an object may penetrate the head and enter into the brain. When these accidents are caused by the illegal actions of others, the criminal justice system may ensure that they face the penalties required under law. However, a conviction does little to provide compensation for the vast monetary challenges that accompany a traumatic brain injury.
The New Haven Register is reporting about a woman who was sentenced to five years in prison, following a conviction for causing an accident that left a man with a TBI. As reported in the article, the alleged facts are as follows:
*The victim was riding his motorcycle near an intersection around 1:00 am.
*The court determined that the offender drove into the intersection from the wrong direction of a one-way street.
*The victim’s body reportedly flew 30 feet through the air from the impact of the vehicle and hit a tree before he landed on the ground, with his head in a gutter.
*A witness stopped to assist him and waited until the EMTs arrived.
*The offender reportedly left the scene of the accident.
The court determined that the offender was under the influence of opiates and oxycodone at the time of the accident. During her police interview, she reportedly admitted to drinking before the accident, but she claimed to not remember it.
Why Criminal Liability is not Enough
The victim’s injuries also included fractured ribs and a lost toe. He also needed reconstructive surgery to his foot due to the loss of skin. He was also diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic disorder, which is commonly associated with a brain injury. In all, he endured 12 different surgeries.
According to his courtroom impact statement, the victim is no longer able to work in his sales management career or participate in the physical activities he used to enjoy. His wife was forced to give up her career to care for him and his children, while his retired mother began working in order to assist his family financially. He estimates that the accident left him more than $2 million in debt.
To pursue a civil case against the individual who caused your accident, contact an attorney as soon as possible following the incident. Presenting these cases in court can prove challenging. A knowledgeable attorney can help you secure the needed evidence and present it properly to the court.
If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury following a vehicle accident and another party was a fault, contact the experienced attorneys of Levin & Perconti at (312) 332-2872 for a free and confidential consultation. These attorneys will aggressively pursue the compensation that you need to better cope with the challenges of your injuries.