Crashes can terrify, paralyze and haunt victims who have had to go through such trauma. At times, it is possible to receive compensation for the injuries or effects a Tennessean suffers after they survive a crash. In the case of a young foreign exchange student, just that happened.

The crash occurred in October of 2011 and earlier this year it was reported that the young girl who was in the vehicle when a truck crashed into it would receive recompense in two different forms. One chunk of her compensation, $8,000, is said to be going to her schooling here in the states while the rest of the $25,000 award will be put into an account which she can have access to once she is 18 years of age.

The young girl was 14 years old at the time of the collision. She was leaving the airport after flying to into the United States for the first time. A Japanese exchange student, she was on her way to a Seventh-day Adventist boarding school in Tennessee. A truck reportedly jackknifed, causing another car to crash into the vehicle that she and a retired teacher of her school were in. The retired teacher unfortunately lost his life and the young girl suffered injuries that were non-life threatening.

Car accidents can affect anyone of any age, but it can be especially traumatizing for a young child who is in an unknown country. For those Tennessee residents who have been involved in a similar accident or who are continuing to suffer from a crash, working with an attorney could help to be granted an award similar to in this situation. While it may not be able to make up for all of the pain and suffering, it could help ease the stress and allow for further medical attention.

Source: The Tennessean, “Survivor in fatal I-40 crash gets $25,000,” Bobby Allyn, Jan. 6, 2013