In a tragic car accident this past weekend, a 19-year-old Iowa man was killed and five others critically injured when the car they were riding in overturned on westbound interstate 40 near Santa Rosa.
The five injured students were flown to the University of New Mexico Hospital with critical injuries, including possible head and brain injuries.
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the driver drove into the median, then overcorrected causing the 2003 Saturn to slide. The Saturn hit the median again and flipped over, ejecting 4 of the passengers. No one was wearing a seat belt.
Car crashes can happen in an instant and can alter the course of one’s life forever. One of the most serious and devastating injuries that can result from a serious car accident is a traumatic brain injury (“TBI”).
A TBI is a severe blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the function of the brain. TBI’s range from mild to severe. Severe injures include extended periods of unconsciousness or amnesia following the injury and can lead to short or long-term problems such as:
- Difficulty thinking
- Difficulty with language and learning
- Emotional issues
Further, TBIs have been shown to cause epilepsy and increase the risk for other conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain disorders which become more common with age.