The most common types of car accident injuries
You make it your business to be safe on the road. You remain alert to danger and conscientious of what other drivers are doing. Unfortunately, that is not always enough. More than 3 million people are injured in motor vehicle accidents each year, according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These injuries vary widely, but what they all have in common is the pain and disruption they bring to the lives of those who are in them.
Although there is no way to prepare for a car accident, knowing a little about the kind of injury you have sustained if you are in one will help inform your response to it. Here are some of the most common types of injuries:
SOFT TISSUE INJURIES
This consists of injuries to muscles, ligaments, and tendons, “whiplash” also falls under this category. Soft tissue injuries are caused by the violent impact of a car crash; sudden movements are imposed on the body’s connective tissues, which over strains them. The subsequent pain caused by a soft tissue injury can limit your movement for some time. This can force you to take time off work and to pay others to do things you cannot do for yourself.
SCRAPES AND CUTS
The force of a car collision will send loose objects flying about the car’s interior. Cell phones, eyeglasses, purses, coffee mugs, books, your recent shopping—all become dangerous projectiles that can harm you if they hit you. Pieces of broken glass can likewise cut your skin and cause you to bleed.
Some scrapes and cuts can be treated with basic first aid. More serious injuries may require stitches.
The sudden and unnatural movements caused by a collision can strain the muscles in the neck and back; they can also cause a head injury. If you are jerked suddenly forward or to the side, you may hit your head on the window or steering wheel, which may bruise your head or cause lacerations. A severe hit to the head can shake your brain and cause a concussion.
Head injuries are serious and can lead to long-term debilitation and brain damage.
A serious collision can smash you against the steering wheel and dashboard of your car. Bruised and broken ribs and damage to your chest can be the result. Even if you are wearing a seat belt, a high-speed collision with another car can force the steering wheel against you, which can cause severe contusions and internal bleeding.
ARM AND LEG INJURIES
Your arms and legs can be thrown against the door or the undercarriage of the steering wheel in an accident. Your arms and legs may be merely bruised or broken, depending on the force and violence of the collision.
HOW SACHS LAW CAN HELP YOU
If you have been injured in an accident caused by the recklessness of the other driver, then you should hire a California or Nevada personal injury attorney. As you recover from your injuries, you must also think about the future. You will have medical costs to pay. Your accident may also leave you without the wages necessary to service your bills. Lawyers such as the ones found at Sachs Law can help you get the compensation you deserve.
If you have been in an accident, you need a personal injury attorney who will protect your rights and interests. The lawyers at Sachs Law will help you get justice, call us today at (833) MVP-WINS to schedule your free case evaluation.
Brett S. Sachs graduated from Michigan State University College of Law with Cum Laude Honors. While attending Michigan State, Brett was awarded for his service in the Michigan State University College of Law Civil Rights Clinic, where he represented prisoners of the Michigan Department of Corrections from injustices brought upon them. Learn more.
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