People who have been injured in a car accident face a wide range of issues and challenges, from minor to life-altering. Even for those fortunate enough to experience negligible injuries, this frightening experience often has an emotional impact that takes its toll. Unfortunately, serious injuries are far too frequent in the event of an automobile accident. Motor vehicles are large, powerful pieces of machinery with the ability to cause a great deal of damage.
More than 2 million people are injured in automobile and road crashes in the U.S. every year, making car accident injuries the most common type of personal injury claims for victims of all ages. Pedestrian injuries alone occur at an average rate of one every 7 minutes, and a massive number are never even reported to the police.
Neck and back and head, brain and spinal injuries due to impact from a collision are the most common types of injuries suffered by car accident victims. Internal damage, soft tissue injury and injury to the arms and legs are common consequences of a vehicle accident as well.
Common Head, Neck & Back Car Accident Injuries
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can range from mild to catastrophic. Concussions are frequently seen in people involved in a vehicle collision. The short-term and long-term consequences of serious TBI can be quite extensive and impact many facets of the victim’s lives as well as that his/her family. TBI can affect mood, personality, cognitive functioning and much more. The associated costs are often overwhelming.
Neck and Back Injury
Most people are pretty familiar with car accident whiplash. It’s arguably the most common injury suffered by those involved in a motor vehicle accident. This injury can impact just the neck, just the back or both, and ranges greatly in severity. Because whiplash can damage the spinal cord as well as disks, ligaments and vertebrae, paralysis a very real consequence for many. For numerous victims, neck and back injuries from a car accident leave them suffering from chronic pain for the rest of their lives. Some neck injuries from a vehicle collision may also result in a crushed trachea or larynx.
Other head Injuries
Injuries to the eyes that leads to blindness or partial loss of vision, ear injuries that impact hearing, dental injuries that cause loss of teeth, and jaw or facial fractures are additional consequences of car accident caused head injuries.
Common Car Accident Injuries to Other Parts of the Body
There’s really no limit to the type and location of the injuries car accident victims may sustain. The following are other common car accident injuries.
- Rupture of the diaphragm
- Abdominal/pelvic crush injuries
- Knee and leg injuries
- Foot, ankle and toe fractures, sprains and strains
At the Reinartz Law Firm, our experienced and compassionate Car Accident Lawyers understand the devastating impact these serious injuries have on the lives of the victims of shattering car accidents and their families. We are fierce in our pursuit of maximum damages to help you deal with the challenges you are facing. Please contact our firm to schedule a free consultation to discuss your claim with a knowledgeable and supportive legal counselor.