Three teenage drivers probably wish they had met under better circumstances. The three of them, as well as one child, sustained injuries recently in a car crash in Montgomery when a 17-year-old female driver made an ill-advised left turn into the path of an oncoming car driven by a 19-year-old female.
According to Montgomery Police officers, the afternoon accident happened at the intersection of Belle Mead-Griggstown Road and Green Avenue when the 17-year-old failed to yield the right of way, turned into the path of the oncoming vehicle and struck the passenger's side. The second car then hit the front end of a stopped third car that was being driven by a 16-year-old female.
The driver of the second car complained of neck and back pains; one of her passengers, a 13-year-old, suffered facial injuries and was taken to a hospital. The other passenger, a nine-year-old, reported chest pain but was not transported to a hospital.
The first driver complained of wrist pain. An EMS crew also took her to a hospital. She faces charges for failing to yield the right of way.
A car accident can cause considerable trauma. In this case, all victims may need therapy to deal with the trauma in addition to medical treatment for their injuries. All of this is expensive, and any treatment could produce large medical bills. Insurance can cover many claims directly related to an accident, but victims sometimes have to cover other costs themselves.
Fortunately, victims of car accidents have the right to seek compensation from other parties if they are proven negligent. Awarded damages can cover expenses incidental to the personal injuries and other damages. To file an accurate liability claim that has the best chance of being compensated, a victim should seek the help of a legal professional.
Source: NJ.com, "9-year-old has chest pain, 13-year-old suffers face injury after 3-car Montgomery crash," Walter O'Brien, July 2, 2013