Catastrophic car accidents cause fatalities or leave those involved permanently injured or permanently disabled. These types of accidents can leave victims with staggering medical expenses, psychological problems and lifelong disabilities that might prevent an injured victim from ever working or earning a livelihood again. This could be financially devastating.
Why is Driving on I-95 Dangerous?
Driving in Providence, Rhode Island is not for the faint of heart. Providence has been repeatedly named as one of the cities with the worst drivers several years in a row. Additionally, I-95, which runs through Providence, is among the most dangerous roadways for drivers in Rhode Island. In particular, the stretch of I-95 in Providence at North Main Street and Smithfield Avenue. In 2013 alone, 122 car accidents resulting in 53 injuries were reported there.
Also on the list is I-95 Exit 24 at Branch Avenue, which is extremely busy and a potential shortcut for those trying to avoid rush-hour traffic in the downtown area. Here, one death, 52 injuries and 134 crashes were reported in 2013. I-95 Exit 18, where the road curves on Thurbers Avenue, is also notorious for crashes. There were 232 crashes here resulting in one fatality and 86 injuries in 2013. Equally dangerous are Exits 23 and 22.
But the most injury producing location on I-95 in Providence, which is arguably the number one unsafe exit in New England, is Exit 20. In 2013, two fatalities and 90 injuries were reported here.
What are Examples of Catastrophic Injuries?
There is the potential for vehicle occupants to suffer a number of severe injuries in car accidents such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries: A blow to the head can cause bruising, tearing, bleeding, swelling or other serious and irreversible damage to the brain.
- Spinal cord damage: This could cause paralysis, a loss of function and sensation. Even less severe back injuries can result in permanent loss of mobility and chronic pain.
- Bone fractures: Car crash victims often suffer multiple bone fractures. When these fractures involve severe injuries such as crushed or shattered bones, permanent disability can result.
- Internal organ damage: Examples of these include rupture of vital organs such as the heart, liver, spleen, lungs and kidneys. Internal organ trauma often requires major surgery.
- Burn injuries: Fires and explosions can be devastating for victims. Treatments may require expensive skin grafting, fluid replacement, and medications.
- Amputations: Car accidents could also result in loss of limbs and appendages. Severe damage may require an emergency surgical amputation of the injured body part. Victims often need lengthy hospitalization, rehabilitation and costly prosthetic devices.
How Can I Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Lawyer?
If you or someone you know has suffered serious or life-changing injuries on dangerous roadways such as the I-95 in Providence, contact an experienced Providence car accident lawyer who will fight hard to protect your rights and help you understand your options. At d’Oliveira & Associates, we don’t charge you any fees unless we have recovered compensation for you. Call us at 1-800-992-6878 toll-free for a free consultation and case evaluation.