When a collision takes place between a vehicle and the human body, there can be little question of which side will fare the worst. In a recent incident in Amherst, Massachusetts, two young women were injured in an accident as a driver crashed into them. They suffered injuries in the accident, but were lucky to have escaped grave harm.
Police believe that the accident took place in the afternoon hours of a recent Sunday. The driver was nearing the intersection of Main Street and South Pleasant Street before jumping the curb and striking the young women. Both were left pinned to a wooden planter box for an undisclosed period of time. They were transported to an area hospital for emergency medical treatment and were both released the same day.
When an individual experiences serious bodily trauma, such as being struck by a moving vehicle, the full extent of the damage done is not always immediately apparent. While physicians can determine if bones have been broken or the body has been punctured, there are a wide range of other types of damage that are not as easily diagnosed. In some cases, serious damage to muscle tissue can occur, which sometimes requires surgery in the months following the trauma. For other individuals, long term neck or back problems can result from the force of the initial impact. For these two young women, it is not yet clear whether they will experience long term physical problems from the accident.
The investigation into the accident is ongoing, and police have not yet filed charges against the driver. The two women are in the process of recovering from their injuries. Any time that someone is injured in an accident that is caused by another, they reserve the right to pursue a personal injury against the responsible party. Should either of these women require ongoing medical care, they could seek legal recourse in a Massachusetts civil lawsuit.
Source: gazettenet.com, "Pedestrians struck by vehicle in Amherst treated and released from Cooley Dickinson Hospital", Scott Merzbach, April 13, 2015