The Type of Injuries Sustained Usually Reflect the Nature of Auto Accident That Occurred
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Just as there are different ways in which motor vehicles can be damaged in crashes, there are injuries commonly associated with them. A rollover can cause a distinctly different set of injuries than a head-on collision; being broadsided, a different set than being rear-ended.
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Which injuries are associated with what kinds of auto accidents?
Following are examples of what might be expected to happen to a vehicle’s occupants in specific kinds of accidents. This is not a complete list, and it is possible that a single accident can cause multiple injuries of these kinds:
- Facial injuries in head-on collisions. Depending on whether the driver and passengers are secured by seatbelts, these may be caused by the steering wheel, dashboard, airbag, or by shattered glass. They range in severity from scrapes and bruises to deep lacerations and fractures of the nose, jaw, and other facial bones. They may also be sustained by rear passengers who, even when restrained by seatbelts, may make facial contact with front seatbacks or other fixtures during a head-on collision.
- Brain and head injuries in head-on and broadside collisions. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result when the head strikes an object with force, or is struck by flying debris. TBIs range from mild concussion to death. In head-on collisions or impacts directly into the driver’s side door, they are caused by passengers’ side contact with portions of the passenger compartment in cars unequipped with side-curtain airbags. They are often sustained and usually fatal, when an unsecured passenger is ejected from the vehicle and makes head contact with a stationary object. In some cases, there may be no visible signs of trauma, but the force of impact may cause the brain to bruise.
- Spinal cord injuries caused by sudden changes in direction. Damage to the spinal cord may be caused by any severe twisting motion sufficient to rupture intervertebral discs, shatter vertebrae, or cause bone and disc fragments to damage the spinal cord. This may result in temporary, partial, or permanent and complete loss of function or sensation in organs situated below the level of the injury. Spinal cord injuries typically result from high-speed head-on or side-impact collisions.
- Internal injuries. The blunt force impact of almost any high-speed auto accident can cause internal injuries, but rib or other bone fractures often produce fragments that puncture the lungs, bowels, kidneys, spleen, liver, heart, aorta, and associated blood vessels. While not always immediately apparent, internal injuries of these kinds are life threatening.
- Neck injuries. These may occur in more mild forms, such as whiplash and neck strain, or in more serious forms, such as cervical dislocation and disc injury, and are common in both head-on and rear-end collisions. They occur when the force of front or rear impact causes the head to be thrown forward and backward in excess of its usual range of movement.
- Back injuries. The lower back is the most common site of back injuries, including sprains and strains, herniated discs, and fractured vertebrae. These can occur in almost any kind of high-speed collision between cars, and may cause pain and limit mobility for indefinite periods.
How can these kinds of injuries be prevented?
The best way to avoid injuries is to prevent accidents, and one of the best ways to prevent auto accidents is to drive defensively. Defensive driving is a form of training or practice that teaches motor vehicle drivers to drive in a manner that consciously reduces the dangers associated with driving. They do this by anticipating dangerous scenarios, which could range from bad weather to erring motorists. Some of the things defensive drivers do include:
- Using seatbelts whenever they drive, no matter how short the distance
- Checking mirrors constantly
- “Keeping the picture;” staying aware of what is on the right, the left, and behind them
- Checking the road ahead. What is happening one or two cars in front of them?
- Making eye contact with other drivers and pedestrians so that they know they are seen
- Checking the front wheels of cars parked at curbside or roadside. If a car has its wheels turned outward, is it going to suddenly pull into their path?
- Not fighting for the right of way, even when they have it
- Staying prepared for the unexpected – especially carelessness by other drivers
If you or a loved one were injured in an auto accident, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible. Kentucky law generally, with important limitations and distinctions, provides a person injured in a motor vehicle accident two years to turn to the state’s civil court system for a remedy in which someone else is at fault. A qualified Kentucky auto accident attorney can be the point of contact between you and other parties’ attorneys, insurance investigators, claims adjusters, and law enforcement. A Crandall & Pera Law attorney can advocate on your behalf to see that the apportionment of responsibility for a crash is fair and determined in accordance with the facts of your case.
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