In New Haven, and throughout the U.S., distraction is among the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents. Whether talking on the phone, reading a text message or even conversing with a passenger, distractions can take motorists’ attentions off of the road and the task of driving. As a result of such accidents, other drivers, and their passengers, may suffer serious injuries, such as brain trauma, which can have lasting effects.

According to reports, a 15-month-old boy sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car accident that occurred in Minnesota recently. It was reported that the toddler underwent surgery for treatment of his injuries, but no further information has been disclosed regarding his updated condition or his prognosis. The boy’s mother, who was driving at the time of the collision, as well as another passenger in the vehicle, was also injured in the accident.

The crash reportedly occurred when another driver, who was making a left-hand turn, struck the vehicle that the boy was riding in. The 17-year-old driver who authorities believe caused the accident purportedly admitted that she was checking a text message when she hit the other vehicle. It was also reported that she told law enforcement officers she had only gotten three hours of sleep. For her role in allegedly causing the wreck, the teen is facing felony and misdemeanor charges.

Brain injuries can require extensive medical treatment both initially and, in some cases, over the course of the injury victims’ lifetimes. Consulting with an attorney may help them, and their families, understand their rights and options for pursuing compensation of their medical expenses and other damages resulting from the injury.

Source: Star Tribune, “Texting teen allegedly caused Eagan crash that left toddler with brain injury,” Paul Walsh, Nov. 2, 2014

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