For thousands of college-age students, spring break offers the excitement of hitting the road with friends and driving to a warmer climate. Four Ohio State students recently did just that, as they loaded into a car and set out south to Florida. Sadly, after enjoying their vacation, the young women were involved in a tragic car accident that left two people dead and six severely injured.
The fatal car accident occurred as the four women were traveling home on a Florida highway. The 21-year-old driver of the car accidently veered the vehicle into oncoming traffic. Upon attempting to correct her driving error, she lost control of the vehicle which spun around and collided with a truck. Both the 21-year-old driver and a 21-year-old front seat passenger were killed in the crash.
Two 22-year-old passengers who were riding in the backseat of the car sustained serious injuries for which they are still hospitalized. The 26-year-old female driver of the pickup truck that was involved in the fatal crash along with three passengers who were traveling in the pickup truck, all sustained serious injuries. All were taken to a nearby hospital for emergency medical treatment.
News of any fatal car accident is always sad, but those involving young individuals who have their whole lives ahead of them are especially tragic. The lives of the six individuals who were injured in the crash will likely be altered forever. Injuries commonly sustained in serious head-on collisions include bone fractures, spinal damage, and head and neck injuries.
In many cases, individuals who are injured in serious car accidents require ongoing medical treatment and care. Depending on the severity of the injuries sustained, rehabilitative therapy may also be necessary. The costs associated with medical expenses as well as permanent injuries and disability can often be recouped through legal means.
Source: New York Daily News, “Two Ohio State University students killed in head-on crash,” Lee Moran, March 18, 2013