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Columbus car accident causes brain injuries to 17-year-old girl

A car crash can change lives in an instant. One minute a person could be driving down a scenic Columbus, Ohio, road, and the next they could be fighting for survival. Such is the case of a 17-year-old Fayette County girl fighting for her life after a car accident in Columbus on earlier this month.

While the police are still investigating the exact cause of the accident, it is believed that the girl may have been using her cell phone to send a text message. According to witnesses and the evidence collected so far, police believe the girl lost control of her vehicle causing her to drive into the guardrail and eventually collide with a tractor trailer traveling in the opposite direction.

The truck, carrying glue and paper supplies, burst into flames on contact. Fortunately, the driver of the tractor trailer escaped injury. The rescue workers were forced to cut the girl out of her vehicle. She was then transported by medical helicopter to the Ohio State Medical Center in Columbus, where she was admitted with brain injury and collapsed lungs.

The girl's mother said an angel must have been with her daughter because, after looking at the car, there was no other reasonable explanation for her survival. While initial reports indicate the use of her cell phone may have precipitated the crash, the girl's mother, stated it is too early to make any conclusions about what happened.

The cause of a car accident, especially where the vehicle catches fire, is not always clear cut. For that reason it is important to investigate fully all aspects of the crash from every possible perspective. Sometimes what initially seems to be the obvious explanation turns out to not be the case. An attorney experienced in personal injury cases and accident reconstruction in Ohio may be of help.

Source: 10 TV News, "Girl 17, Still Critical After Fiery Fayette Co. Crash," 10 July 2011

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