Injuries Sustained In Auto Accidents
There are many ways in which a motor vehicle may be damaged in an accident, such as by impacting another vehicle, striking a stationary object, rolling over or being struck from various directions. Similarly, there are different kinds of injuries commonly associated with various kinds of vehicular accidents.
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What Are Common Injuries Associated With Motor Vehicle Accidents?
Here are some examples of injuries to a vehicle’s occupants that might be expected to occur in specific kinds of accidents. This is not a complete list, and it is entirely possible that a single accident might result in more than one of them:
Brain and head injuries
One of the most common injuries suffered by drivers and passengers is a traumatic brain injury (TBI), caused when the head strikes an object with force or is struck by flying debris. The results of TBIs range from mild to fatal.
TBIs occur when a passenger is ejected from a vehicle, and his or her head collides with a stationary object such as a tree or boulder. In other instances, there may be no visible signs of trauma; but, if the force of impact severely jostles the brain inside the cranial cavity, it may bruise, swell or bleed. Safety features, such as seat belts, cushioned headrests on both front and rear seats, front and rear air bags, and the absence of hard protrusions in the passenger compartment, have made it possible for many passengers to avoid severe TBIs in head-on and rear-end collisions. In a side-impact crash, however, unless the car is equipped with side curtain airbags, a passenger’s head may make violent contact with a door, doorpost or window.
Another common form of injury from a car accident is a neck injury, which can occur in more mild forms, such as whiplash and neck strain, and in more serious forms, such as cervical dislocation and disc injury. These are common in both head-on and rear-end collisions, when the forces of momentum and impact cause the head to be thrown forward and backward forcefully, far in excess of its usual range of movement, straining the muscles of the neck and potentially damaging the cervical vertebrae.
Spinal cord injuries
Damage to the spinal cord may be caused by severe twisting motion that strains the back, shatters vertebrae, and causes bone fragments and disc material to bruise or tear the spinal cord. Damage to the spinal cord may result in permanent loss of function or sensation in organs situated below the level of the injury. The type of motion that can cause this type of injury typically results from a high-speed impact to any of the four “corners” of a vehicle.
The lower back is the most common site of back injuries, including sprains and strains, herniated discs and fractured vertebrae. These injuries can cause pain and limit mobility. Symptoms of even the most serious back injuries can take some time to present after an accident. Unfortunately, a back injury can cause long-lasting pain and discomfort.
The impact of any motor vehicle accident can cause internal injuries, including injuries to bowels, kidneys, spleen, liver, lungs, heart or aorta. Fractured ribs are also quite common, and may puncture lungs and other internal organs. Internal injuries are not always immediately visible, but are life-threatening and require immediate treatment by medical professionals.
How We Can Give You Peace Of Mind
If you have been injured, or have a loved one who was injured or killed in an automobile accident, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible. One of our attorneys will take the time to listen to your story and answer your questions. Then we will handle the tough legal issues while you focus on recovery.