Car accidents are some of the most common ways people sustain injuries. Yearly, more
than 2 million people a year sustain injuries or disabilities from collisions
in the United States alone. While cars are designed to be as safe as possible,
they can’t protect you from everything. Here are a few of the most
common kinds of injuries you could get in a car accident.
Head/ Brain Injuries
You could sustain severe brain damage or mild concussions depending on
the circumstances of the crash. If your airbag deploys on time, the force
of the inflating item could cause you significant injuries, though they
wouldn’t be as severe if the airbag had not deployed. Airbags have
been known to cause concussions, bruising, fractures, hearing loss, eye
injury, and irritation to the throat and skin. If your airbag doesn’t
deploy in time, or you strike your head on something other than the steering
wheel, you could sustain skull fractures, cuts, bruises, or more severe
traumatic brain injury.
Neck/ Spine Injuries
Even in the mildest fender bender, there is the possibility you will sustain
whiplash. Whiplash is one of the most common types of car accident injuries.
It happens when an abrupt backward and/ or forward jerking motion of the
head results in damage to the intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments,
cervical muscles, or nerve roots. In other words, your spine is strained
when your head continues to move, but the rest of your body has stopped,
likely kept in place by the seatbelt across your chest. More severe
spinal damage has occurred in more severe collisions. Any extreme blow to the spine
or neck could cause significant spinal damage, which can prevent information
from the brain from reaching the rest of the body. In particular cases,
car accidents have caused paralysis in some individuals.
Damage to Limbs
Because arms, legs, feet, and hands are not really bound by anything during
a car crash, they could accidentally be dislocated or broken completely
if you land wrong during an accident. For example, drivers’ knees
are often extremely close to the steering wheel. In some accidents, the
force of the crash could cause the knee to jerk up and into the wheel,
causing it to fracture or break. In another example, if the car flips
over and a person lands awkwardly on a shoulder, wrist, or arm, that limb
could easily break with the pressure.
Chest/ Torso Injuries
While seat belts are designed to protect you from getting thrown from the
car, they can also cause their own type of damage during a collision.
The force of a sudden break could cause a seatbelt to put too much pressure
on your chest area. This pressure can cause serious bruising and could
even fracture or break a rib or sternum. Other blunt force trauma in car
accidents could cause collapsed lungs or internal bleeding of the internal
organs or abdomen. Any internal bleeding requires medical attention immediately.
People sometimes don’t see emotional distress as important. However,
trauma from a car accident could be just as debilitating as a broken leg.
Getting into a life-threatening situation can cause some to experience
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which could manifest in any number
of ways, including the fear of ever getting into a car again. Mental trauma
could also be significantly harder to treat, particularly when people
don’t consider it a priority. Those who experience a car crash might
want to consider seeing a counselor or therapist to help them work through
any post-crash psychological injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash caused by someone
else’s negligence, it may be time to hire an experienced Greenwich
personal injury attorney. Car accidents can lead to an extremely high number of bills
because of property damage and injuries sustained by passengers. Make
sure you don’t pay for someone else’s mistake. Let us help
you recover compensation for medical costs and potential lost wages. Our
skilled attorneys are dedicated to helping victims of serious and catastrophic
personal injury. Let us see what we can do for you.
Contact us at (203) 718-4002 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case