Most Common Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents cause millions of injuries and thousands of deaths each year in the United States. It’s essential for every driver to understand the risks behind the wheel and how to avoid dangerous situations. Car accidents can cause significant, life-threatening, or fatal injuries. People who suffer car accident injuries often face long recovery times and extensive rehabilitation to regain their former mobility.
Some of the most common car accident injuries our Austin car accident attorneys have seen include:
- Deep cuts. Car accidents can lead to twisting metal, flying debris, broken glass, and other sharp hazards. Deep cuts can cause blood loss and cuts to some parts of the body that can impede muscle function and range of motion.
- Broken bones. Bone fractures vary in severity, and the methods health care professionals use to treat them will vary. A slight bone fracture may only leave the victim slightly incapacitated for a short time while a severe compound fracture could render them unable to walk or perform other functions for quite some time. Significant bone fractures will require extensive physical therapy.
- Spinal cord injuries. Car accidents often involve sudden directional shifts, momentum changes, and violent turns. The spinal cord, although responsible for transmitting messages from the brain to the rest of the body, does not have the self-healing powers of the rest of the body. An injury to the spinal cord is permanent, and most spinal cord injuries entail significant problems like limited mobility, decreased range of motion, inability to walk, inability to use the limbs, inability to control bodily functions, loss of bowel control, inability to control breathing, and more.
- Brain injuries. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) includes any injury caused by external forces acting on the brain. Car accident victims often suffer concussions, penetrating wounds, and may also incur other traumatic brain injuries that require extensive treatment. Many TBIs have long-lasting effects including personality changes, irritability, susceptibility to future head injuries, sensory processing problems, cognitive problems, severe headaches, and much more.
- “Seatbelt Syndrome.” Seatbelts exist to save lives and are statistically proven to reduce the fatality rate of car accidents. However, many people do not wear them correctly, especially children. The seat belt is supposed to fall across the top of the legs, not across the stomach. When the seatbelt rests on the stomach, a sudden crash or slamming on the brakes will cause a compression effect in the soft area of the stomach. This can damage internal organs and cause massive internal trauma.
- Shock and stress-related injuries. Many people experience psychological turmoil after witnessing or being involved in traumatic events. A car accident can leave a driver in shock or may leave lasting psychological damage.
Anyone injured in a car accident should make sure they understand the full extent of their injuries. Doctors will provide medical reports to patients that fully list their injuries, the doctor’s prognosis, and the treatment plan. This document and the records of all medical expenses will be invaluable to succeeding in civil claims for car accidents. If you have suffered injuries in a car accident, handle your immediate medical concerns and then contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in Austin as soon as possible to start building your case.