The driver of an SUV was seriously injured after her vehicle rolled several times in the northbound lanes of Interstate 65 in Brentwood.
Per a report by WKRN.com, the accident happened at around 7:30 p.m. near the Concord Road exit. A witness told reporters that the vehicle flipped and then rolled multiple times during the accident.
The female driver of the SUV was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to receive treatment for her injuries, which are described as life-threatening. Police closed all lanes but one on the northbound side of I-65 in Brentwood for around two hours as emergency responders worked to clear the scene and investigate the crash.
All lanes were reopened by around 10 p.m. It’s unclear what caused the accident.
What Types of Auto Accident Injuries Are Most Often Life-Threatening?
Even with the multitude of safety devices that modern vehicles are equipped with, auto accidents still have the potential cause drivers and passengers to suffer serious injuries that can be life-threatening. And these potentially fatal injuries can occur in all types of accidents, including low-speed crashes. Because of the risks involved in all types of car accidents, it’s vital for drivers to recognize that any crash can be fatal for themselves or their passengers.
However, some types of injuries are more common to be life-threatening than others, including:
- Head and brain injuries
By far the most common cause of death during auto accidents, head and brain injuries are extremely dangerous for vehicle occupants. They’re also common in many types of crashes. These types of injuries occur in all manner of crashes, but are often seen in head-on collisions. Victims may suffer severe head and brain injuries when the force of an impact causes them to hit their heads on the steering wheel or dashboard, but they can also suffer brain injuries without impact simply due to their brains moving inside their skulls.
- Neck and spine injuries
Another common cause of life-threatening conditions is injuries to the neck and spine. Both are extremely vulnerable parts of the body that can be subject to huge amounts of force during accidents, as the impact of two vehicles colliding can cause the neck to violently move, causing broken vertebrae and even damaging the spinal cord. Victims who suffer damage to their spinal cord may become paralyzed, and without immediate medical attention and intervention, their conditions may quickly deteriorate.
- Internal injuries
Sometimes auto accident victims end up fighting for their lives despite not suffering obvious external injuries. However, because car crashes put so much stress on the body, drivers and passengers may suffer serious injuries to their internal organs, which can result in organ failure and severe internal bleeding. In some cases, victims may not even realize they were seriously injured until hours or days after the crash. That’s why it’s so important for victims to always get treated by medical professionals after crashes.
- Bleeding injuries
Blood loss is a major concern for victims after car accidents. A crash can result in drivers and passengers suffering deep cuts and puncture wounds from things like broken glass and flying debris, and they also may be at risk of severe bleeding due to impact injuries and compound fractures. One of the first things that emergency responders treat at crash scenes is profuse bleeding, and stopping it is their biggest priority to stabilize victims.
In addition to these common injuries, victims also may be left in critical condition after things like burn injuries, soft tissue injuries, and even smoke inhalation. It’s important to remember that all car accidents, regardless of the speed at which they occur, have the potential to be fatal for both drivers and passengers. That’s why drivers should always commit to safe driving every time they get behind the wheel, whether they’re driving down the street, to work, or across the country.
If you or someone you know was injured in an auto accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation. To find out how our legal team can build a claim for you that maximizes your chances of getting money for your medical bills and lost wages, contact us by dialing (615) 200-1111 or completing a free online consultation form.