Doctor using a digital tablet to discuss a brain scan during a consultation in her office.
A man was sentenced to 15 years in prison last week for a high-speed crash that caused another driver to sustain a traumatic brain injury. According to a report from the Cobb County Courier, the accident occurred on March 20, 2019, when the victim was attempting to make a left turn onto Cooper Lake Road from South Cobb Drive. The prosecution stated in a court filing that the defendant was traveling northbound and T-boned the victim’s car while driving 86 miles per hour. The posted speed limit on the road was 45 miles per hour. The victim in the case was transported after the accident to Kennestone Hospital with a serious head injury. In his victim impact statement at the defendant’s trial, the victim stated that his life had changed dramatically since the accident, and now he can “only feel irritability, anger, and dullness.” The defendant was arrested and recently convicted of serious injury by vehicle, which is a charge resulting from an injury caused as a result of reckless driving. A major problem with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) from car accidents is that the brain is limited in its ability to heal from injury. Because of this, most TBIs result in permanent disabilities that can impact the sufferer’s ability to earn an income or to even live independently. Because of this, traumatic brain injuries are considered “catastrophic injuries.” After a serious accident, a police investigation can lead to criminal charges. However, an experienced personal injury attorney can also investigate the case in order to assist the victim in determining who is legally responsible for compensating the injuries caused by the accident. The victim can then seek compensation through the at-fault party’s liability insurer. If the insurer fails to compensate the claim, it can be filed in civil court as a personal injury lawsuit. For more information about that process, contact the experienced legal team at Cambre & Associates LLC for a free case evaluation.