Nearly one year ago, an Oak Ridge, Tennessee, woman was involved in a car accident that left her seriously injured. While the accident happened last November, she still has a way to go before she recovers. She suffered injuries that could not easily be repaired and most of her recovery has been through physical therapy.
The accident happened as the woman was driving along Melton Lake Drive in Oak Ridge when a pickup truck veered into oncoming traffic. According to police, the truck driver lost control of his car because of the wet pavement and he started to hydroplane. As he drifted into her lane, his Jeep almost hit her head-on.
The woman was rushed to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. She was treated for a broken shoulder blade, eight broken ribs, a collapsed lung and fractured portions of the spine that attach to muscles and ligaments. While the driver was lucky that she was not fatally injured, her injuries could not be fixed by surgery.
Over the past 10 months, the injured motorist has been recovering, but she still has a ways to go. Doctors expect that she won't show any further improvement after 18 months, but some of her physicians don't think she will improve much between now and the 18-month mark.
After an accident in which a driver suffers serious injuries, he or she can expect high medical costs, months or years of physical therapy, and an increasing dependence on friends and family to help out with simple tasks and chores. It is reasonable for the motorist who caused the injuries to pay for some or all of the costs associated with the driver's injuries and seeking the help of an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer is crucial in successfully bringing a lawsuit for damages.