According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel nearly 1.3 million people die in car crashes every single year; over 3,200 per day. In the United States alone, over 37,000 people die in car crashes each year. In addition, 2.35 million people are injured or disabled after a car accident. An alarming statistic is “Road crashes cost the U.S. $230.6 billion per year, or an average of $820 per person.”
With this many crashes throughout the United States, many people want to know the most common injuries after a car accident. Those interested in this information have likely been injured in a car accident in the recent past and are looking to determine if the accident is the cause of the pain and/or suffering. If you have been in a car accident and are seeking legal advice contact the SoCal Injury Lawyers today at (800) 950-7755.
Types of Injuries After a Car Accident
Traumatic Brain Injuries
These are the most severe types of injuries that occur during and after a car accident. When a driver gets into a car accident their head is exposed to a number of hard surfaces including the steering wheel, dashboard, head rest, windshield, the interior section of the door, the seat belt and center console. Unfortunately, when the head strikes any firm object the brain is going to be “rattled” or stirred. This can lead to mild concussions to a coma. Some may experience long term cognitive problems that can only be addressed by extensive medical treatment or long term medical care.
These type of injuries are the most severe because the brain and spin are the most sensitive parts of the entire human body. Broken bones can repair and muscles can recover but damage to the brain is often irreparable. If you feel as if a car accident has caused member loss, migraine headaches or any type of head trauma we strongly suggest seeking medical attention from a doctor as soon as possible. Remember that the costs of the medical visit will be covered if the car accident was no fault of your own.
Neck and Chest Injuries
One of the most common car accidents injury is a whiplash injury. This is when the body is propelled forward faster than the neck and head can react. This can cause severe neck muscle and ligament damage. Depending on the extent of the injury, there is also the possibility that a victim of a whiplash car accident can suffer vocal cord paralysis.
In serious cases, a victim can suffer broken bones and/or collapsed lungs. The rib cage is compromised in this type of accident leading to bruised or broken ribs. With the rib cage protecting many of the internal organs, this can lead to a number of health issues moving forward. After a whiplash car accident, it is strongly suggested that victims seek proper medical attention. Note that our clients have the opportunity to work with a doctor or hospital on a lien basis if they do not have medical or health insurance. This can be very useful if out of pocket expenses are very high.
While most people think of amputation injuries happening “on the job site” it may also be the case that a finger, thumb, arm, toe or foot has to be amputated because it was severely injured in a car accident. This happens when a driver or passenger has an extremity jammed and cannot get it out before serious damage has been done.
Almost everyone has had their finger slammed in a car door at least once in their life. Think about this being the case but with another vehicle wedging your finger or hand. Unfortunately, amputation injuries can be traumatic causing employment to be difficult. For this reason, we work diligently to calculate the proper compensation for loss of income and future earnings. If you lost a finger or hand it is likely the case your job opportunities are going to be limited. If you were in an industry that required you to use your hands you are going to have to adjust your entire lifestyle.
A good example of this is a plastic surgeon. If a plastic surgeon has a hand or finger amputated it is very unlikely they are going to be able to continue to practice their trade. This is a huge loss of income in the future.