COVID-19 Update: How We Are Serving and Protecting Our Clients

Survivor of fatal crash is recovering from serious injuries

On behalf of Law Office of Matthew Vance, P.C. posted in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents on Friday, September 14, 2012

A crash earlier this summer in Farmington, New Mexico, took the life of a teenage male driver, but the 18-year-old female passenger survived. The fatal car accident killed a young man who would have been a senior at Aztec High School this fall. The 18-year-old passenger graduated from Farmington High School and had plans to attend San Juan College before the crash caused her to receive several broken bones and a severe head injury.

The accident occurred on Aug. 3 at the intersection of Butler Avenue and Pinon Hills Boulevard. The teen driving the vehicle was pronounced dead soon after the crash, while the 18-year-old female was flown by helicopter to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. Treatment began and, to the surprise of many, she is rapidly recovering. According to reports, her family is in awe.

Doctors were not sure what kind of effects the injuries she sustained in the crash would have on her. According to scans, her brain sustained damage near the area that allows her to control her speech. In addition, she could not move the right side of her body. Because of these things, doctors were worried that the long-term effects would be serious.

But recently, she began talking. She has also regained some of her mobility, giving her loved ones hope that she will make a considerable recovery. Lasting effects from the injuries are still expected but many signs point to the 18-year-old largely returning to her old self. She is talking on the phone regularly and often speaks about going home.

While it's good that she is recovering, the girl does not have health insurance. While some charity has helped, the girl will rack up large amounts of medical bills. The estate of the driver may be able to be held liable.

Source: Farmington Daily Times, "Woman making amazing recovery after car accident," Ryan Boetel, Sept. 6, 2012