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Three Lafayette High students survive head-on collision


Three seniors from Lafayette High School are lucky to be alive after a serious car accident on New Year's Eve. The crash occurred when an oncoming car hydroplaned, crossed the centerline, and hit the students' car head on. The airbags in the students' car deployed and they survived. But, all three sustained serious injuries.

One of the three, a varsity cheerleader, suffered fractures in the bones of his foot, requiring the installation of plates. Another student, a piano major at the school, suffered a lacerated spleen and required surgery for a broken collarbone. The third student, also a piano major, fractured both ankles and a wrist and sustained damage to two vertebrae.

Recovery from their injuries is proving to be a slow process. One of the teens has talked of being unable to do a lot of the things she used to enjoy like playing the piano. Her friends are unable to walk. All three teens are in the gifted program at the school, and they are receiving emotional support from friends in the program, as well as family.

A serious car accident can change a person's life in an instant. When the injured person is young and healthy, the prognosis for a complete recovery is better. But, there is often a lot of pain and suffering on the road to recovery. The negligent driver's liability insurance carrier should be the first avenue of recovery. If the liability limits of that policy are not sufficient, victims can make a claim against the underinsured coverage of their own automobile policies.

Source: katc.com, "Three Lafayette High seniors still recovering after New Years Eve wreck," Jameson Crabtree, Jan. 30, 2017

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