Sometimes we take driving for granted and don't realize that every time we get behind the wheel we have the potential of being involved in a traffic accident. For one woman, who was on her way to her son's football game, she had no idea how her life would change. As she was driving on a freeway, a hunk of iron flew off of a tractor-trailer and struck her in the head, causing her to crash her car into a median. The result of the accident was a traumatic brain injury and she now has serious behavioral impairments.
Since the 2010 accident, the woman has suffered seizures, lost her driver's license and is unable to work as an elementary special-assignment teacher. She struggles with short-term memory losses and severe headaches. Luckily she has a supportive family that helps her through her day-to-day challenges.
The accident occurred when the woman was driving behind a tractor-trailer that was carrying empty wooden raisin bins that had cables wrapped around them to keep them in place. According to investigators, the load shifted and a corner iron flew off the truck, hit the pavement and then went through the woman's windshield and hit her on the right side of her head. She then lost control of her vehicle and hit the highway's median divider.
The woman was then taken to a local hospital where she was in a coma and underwent emergency surgery to save her life.
This week the woman was awarded more than $11.5 million for the accident and the money will be used to pay for past and future medical expenses as well as past and future earnings losses, pain and suffering. While she'll never get her life back, she is grateful that her future will have more stability.
Source: The Fresno Bee, "Fresno woman wins $11.5 million suit against Lion Raisins," John Ellis, March 22, 2012