Over the weekend a football player at the University of Missouri, Harold Brantley, was involved in a car accident. This wreck left Brantley with some very serious injuries. A second University of Missouri athlete was in the car (a member of the MU women’s basketball team), though she did not sustain any serious injuries.

The wreck appears to be a true accident. Brantley’s vehicle started to slide off the left side of the road; he overcorrected making the vehicle hit a guardrail on the right side of the road resulting in the vehicle flipping over. Neither person in the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt.

Even though they weren’t wearing a seatbelt, this story is more about the terrible effects that a wreck can have on a person’s life and career. We’re talking about a college athlete here who may have sustained career-threatening injuries. Of course, even if the individual wasn’t a college football player, the injuries that come with being in a car accident could have left him out of work for an extended period.

This is one of the major problems with an accident. The physical and mental toll that it takes on a victim is immense — but the financial component can’t be ignored either. Many accident victims can’t work after a wreck, and they are dealing with medical bills and property damage. It’s a lot to deal with, and sometimes a personal injury lawsuit is the important step that the victim needs to take to help himself or herself.

Source: Kansas City Star, “Missouri defensive lineman Harold Brantley injured in car wreck,” Tod Palmer, June 21, 2015

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