Most Common Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents are able to cause a whole host of injuries, extending from whiplash to paralysis. According to data collected from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately six million car accidents take place every year in the United States. In 2016 37,461 lives were ended in fatal car accidents. Crash related injuries result in Americans spending over one million days in the hospital. For those who do not lose their lives, there are several common forms of injury that often result from a vehicle collision. Brought by contact with seat belts, airbags, steering wheels, windshields, and even other passengers, a passenger or driver involved in a car accident is highly susceptible to numerous injuries, such as those discussed in this post. Some of these injuries take hours or even days to make themselves known. That’s why it is vital that you seek medical care as well as a personal injury attorney after any vehicle collision.
The worst head injury you can receive during a car accident is a traumatic brain injury. This results from a severe injury or violent blow to the head, especially in the event that a foreign object is capable of penetrating your brain tissue. This can result in severe bleeding, torn tissue, swelling, bruising, and other types of injury to the brain. Traumatic brain injury has the potential to be a lifelong issue causing lifelong difficulties or even possibly leaving a person in a permanent vegetative state. On the less critical end of things, the injured person might be faced with severe trouble sleeping, chronic headaches, substantial, unexplained shifts in personality, and hallucinations.
Cuts and Scrapes
Cuts and scrapes are also a notably frequent injury resulting from vehicle collisions. These can be provoked by your body making contact with part of your vehicle or from loose objects that became projectiles during the collision, like your cell phone or children’s toys. Cuts and scrapes may not sound like much, the ones obtained during vehicle accidents can be severe and painful, often needing stitches, antibiotics, and follow-up doctor’s appointments, in order to stave off serious or even life-threatening infections.
Without a doubt, the most frequent injury resulting from a vehicle collision is whiplash. Whiplash is the medical term used to describe the soft tissue and muscle strain, along with the hyperextension of the spinal cord that can occur when your head is knocked around as the result of the impact from another object. Symptoms of whiplash may not appear right away, but it is essential that you see a medical professional immediately after your auto accident.
If you have suffered an injury following a collision, it is in your best interest to contact a personal injury attorney so that you can begin building a claim. Here at the Los Angeles Injury Group we have the knowledge and the experience to seek the maximum amount of compensation that you can receive in accordance with the law. We will help you build your legal claim from the ground up and stand by you from beginning to end. For a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys, call us at (310) 954-7248 today.