A car crash at the start of the Memorial Day weekend sent four people to the hospital, including 3 teens from one of the two vehicles involved in the Carteret County crash. According to North Carolina State Troopers, the car accident occurred around 4:40 in the afternoon on Friday as a female driver was turning onto North Carolina 24 close to Red Barn Road when she was hit by a 16-year old driver in what was almost a head-on crash.
Although there were three people in each of the two cars, four people were taken to area hospitals for treatment, including three people in the 16-year-old driver's car. One of them was a 14-year-old who suffered head injuries and was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for treatment. The specific injuries of the other three were not disclosed at the time of this report. It was also not clear if the driver or a passenger of the vehicle hit was the person taken to the hospital with injuries.
Car accidents involving serious injuries can have severe and sometimes long-term consequences for those involved. In addition to a long road to recovery, there could be permanent disabilities as a result of injuries sustained. Head, neck and brain injuries are a common result of car accidents, especially head-on collisions as the impact causes the head to snap backward then forward causing the brain to collide with the inside of the skull. Oftentimes tissue and nerve damage result and in severe cases of trauma, permanent injury can occur.
Anyone injured in a car accident may benefit from contacting an attorney to inquire about their rights to seek compensation for their injuries. When negligent driving causes injury to others the victim may be entitled to receive damages, including current and future medical and rehabilitative expenses required for treatment of their injuries. In this case the 16-year-old driver may have learned a valuable lesson in safe driving as he, or she was cited for failure to yield the right of way, according to media reports.
Source: The Daily News, "Reports: Crash sends four to hospital," Sept. 1, 2012
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