In 2019, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated around 2.74 million people were injured in a car accident. No matter how big or small the crash is, motor vehicle passengers are put at risk. Although there are many ways someone could be injured in an accident, some of the most common forms include:
Often the impact of the accident can cause a broken pelvis, rib, arm, leg, or ankle. The severity of breaks or fractures could range from minor and needing a cast or more severe and requiring surgery.
It's important to always seek a medical evaluation after an accident, even if you aren't showing injury symptoms. Sometimes symptoms may be delayed, like damage to your back or spinal cord, worsening if not treated and leading to lifelong disabilities or paralysis.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Car accidents are one of the most common causes of TBI. This injury to the brain occurs from a piercing, jolt, or blow to the head.
Neck Injuries and Whiplash
When your neck is forced to move in multiple directions, whiplash can occur. Speeds as low as 15 miles per hour can cause someone to experience a minor whiplash injury.
When the body is forced into another object from the impact of a crash, it may result in internal bleeding. This can also occur from flying debris hitting the body forcefully.
Cuts, bruises, and "road rash"
Flying objects, broken glass, or torn sheet metal can cause minor to severe cuts, while the crash's impact can lead to bruising. The term road rash refers to abrasion caused by the friction of being dragged or skidding on the road.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Unlike other common injuries, this injury is mental. After an accident things that used to be routine may suddenly become impossible. Therapy is typically required for proper diagnosis and recovery of your mental health.
Contact A Lawyer
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident due to another driver's negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. At Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm, we understand that dealing with legal matters can be stressful and challenging after an accident. Let us help you. One of our award-winning attorneys will help you fight to get the justice you deserve.
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