Passenger sustains serious injury in accident in Clarksville

A backseat passenger sustained serious injuries in a accident in Clarksville, Tennessee recently. The car accident occurred when the vehicle in which the passenger was traveling went through a stop sign and was hit by another vehicle. According to police, a 2000 Lincoln LS was driving north from Evans Road when its 19-year-old driver went through a stop sign at the intersection of Purple Heart Highway. A Mitsubishi Galant collided with the Lincoln as it came into its path.

According to the police report, the two passengers seated in the rear of the Lincoln were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident. A 28-year-old passenger in the backseat was seriously injured. He sustained head and chest injuries and was rushed by Life Flight to Nashville for treatment at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His condition was reported to be serious but stable at the time this post was prepared.

The driver and the other passenger in the Lincoln did not sustain any injuries. The 36-year- old driver of the Mitsubishi was also uninjured. Investigators found one of the passengers in the Lincoln was carrying marijuana and cited him for simple possession. The accident investigation was still being conducted and police said charges were pending at the time of this writing.

Injuries sustained in a car accident can lead to temporary or permanent disability. Negligent drivers can cause devastating damage to people and property. Tennessee state law provides for recovery of monetary losses, including medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering caused by negligent drivers.

Source: newschannel5.com, "Passenger Critically Injured in Clarksville Crash," Jan. 22, 2013

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