An elderly woman was killed, and ten other people injured, when an adult daycare bus and another vehicle crashed head-on in Baltimore. The 88-year-old woman was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition but later died from her injuries. The victim was a passenger in the bus. Nine other elderly passengers and the driver of the other vehicle were also transported to the hospital, five of them in serious condition. Police are investigating and have not released any information about what may have caused the fatal crash.
Elderly Victims of Crashes
Although everyone is at risk of injuries when involved in a car accident, studies have shown that elderly victims often take longer to recover from their injuries than younger victims. This is one important factor that a North Carolina personal injury attorney will take into consideration when determining how much a victim may be entitled to for financial damages.
One such study was conducted by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Department of Emergency Medicine. There were 161 participants in the study who were 65 years of age or older. Each participant had been injured in a vehicle accident where the injuries required going to the emergency room but did not require being admitted to the hospital. The researchers did not include injuries to the brain or spine, major lacerations, or fractures in the study.
Each of the participants was interviewed during their trip to the emergency room. A second interview was conducted six weeks after the crash. Another follow-up was done six months after the accident and a final interview conducted one-year after the crash.
During each interview, each accident victim was asked to rate their pain level on a scale of one to 10, as well as rate their pain level on individual body parts. The study team classified any pain level at four or higher six months after the accident as persistent pain.
In addition to rating their pain level, each participant was asked to rate their ability to do everyday activities and tasks, such as carrying in groceries and climbing stairs.
In the first interviews at emergency rooms, just over 70 percent of accident victims rated their pain level at moderate to severe. Six months later, 25 percent were still struggling with moderate to severe pain levels from their injuries, the most common areas of pain coming from the head, jaw, neck, legs, and lower back. The majority of victims said this chronic and persistent pain had a profound negative impact on their ability to do daily activities and many had been forced to change their living situations because they could no longer do many of these things on their own.
In addition to taking longer to heal, other studies have shown that elderly people who suffer from chronic pain are exposed to other dangerous risks to their health, such as a being more susceptible to falls and a decrease in their cognitive abilities.
Contact a Carolinas Injury Attorney
Tragically, many elderly car crash victims do not survive the injuries they suffer in vehicle accidents. Many victims are not able to fully recover from their injuries or develop serious complications from the injury which kills them. If you have lost an elderly family member in a car accident, contact a compassionate North Carolina wrongful death attorney to discuss what legal recourse you may have against the party who caused your loved one’s death.
Our personal injury firm has successfully represented many victims and their families and we are available to meet and discuss the circumstances of your case and how we may be able to help. We also offer a free wrongful death guide for families who have lost a loved one in an accident. The guide covers topics such as the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim, what types of damages can be pursued, and who can be appointed as personal representative.