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Senator Harry Reid’s Wife Seriously Injured in Tractor Trailor Accident

By Ross Jurewitz on March 13, 2010

The wife and daughter of Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) were struck and injured in a serious rear-end tractor-trailer accident on Interstate 95 (I-95) just outside of Washington‚ DC when the Honda Odyssey they were travelling in was hit from behind by a semi truck loaded with heavy rolls of plastic.  The force of the impact was so severe that the Reid family was pushed into another vehicle‚ a Jeep Grand Cherokee‚ which was then pushed into a Chevrolet Cobalt.

Alan W. Snader‚ the driver of the commercial truck‚ was charged at the scene with reckless driving.

Landra Reid underwent surgery on Friday‚ March 12 to stabilize her cervical spine (neck) following the tractor trailer accident.  According to her doctors‚ Mrs. Reid is “neurologically intact” after suffering a broken neck‚ a broken vertebrae in her back‚ and a broken nose.

Lana Barringer‚ the daughter of Senator and Mrs. Reid‚ was also injured.

Mrs. Reid was transferred out of the intensive care unit at Inova Fairfax Hospital on Saturday‚ March 13 following her surgery.  Her doctors report that she is improving‚ but that she was seriously injured in the semi-truck accident.  According to doctors‚ Mrs. Reid has been been able to get out bed and is controlling her pain using narcotics.

While all the news reports have been very‚ very cheery about Mrs. Reid’s prognosis‚ the reality is that Mrs. Reid is in for a very long recovery and will‚ in most likelihood‚ never fully recover.  Spinal injuries are very serious ‚ particularly cervical spine injuries. She is 69 years old and‚ even assuming perfect health otherwise‚ will have a longer healing process than most–injuries in older women tend to persist longer than injuries for other demographic groups.  In addition‚ she will most likely have ongoing neurologic symptoms and pain as well as arthritis in her neck and back.  We wish her the best recovery and hope that she is able to eliminate all of her pain.

As for the driver of the semi truck‚ we hope that the local authorities investigate this accident thoroughly before proceeding with the prosecution.  Commercial truck drivers are held to strict safety standards and regulations.  It will be essential that it is determined which he complied with and which he did not.  However‚ aside from the criminal prosecution‚ Mrs. Reid would be well advised to consult with an experienced interstate trucking accident attorney in the Virginia-Maryland-DC area to receive help with her past and future medical treatment and bills.  The medical care necessary for her recovery will be very expensive.

Ross Jurewitz

Ross Jurewitz is the founder and managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group, a San Diego personal injury attorney law firm. These San Diego injury accident lawyers specialize in helping people seriously injured in a variety of accidents throughout San Diego County and California.

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