What Are the Most Typical Types of Injuries Suffered During an Alabama Car Accident?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than three million people are injured each year in car accidents in the United States. When a motor vehicle accident doesn’t result in death, it can leave victims with some serious and life-changing injuries. Car accident injuries can vary depending on the circumstances and severity of the accident, but some types of injuries are more typical than others. In general, these are the most common types of injuries that are suffered during a car accident:
Brain and head injuries. An injury to the brain might also be called a traumatic brain injury (TBI). When there is a blow to the head or a piercing injury that can damage the brain, the consequences can range from mild to severe. A mild injury might resolve within a few weeks, while a severe injury could result in a coma or impairment of memory, speech, vision, and other cognitive functions. Other head injuries include facial and jaw fractures, eye injuries that can result in vision loss, potential loss of hearing, and dental injuries.
Neck and back injuries. Neck and back injuries are some of the most common types of car crash injuries. Whiplash is most typically found when the neck is abnormally stretched and then snapped back into place during a collision or acceleration. Whiplash can cause paralysis or loss of function in the body’s limbs. Aside from whiplash, other spinal cord injuries are common as are soft tissue injuries in the neck and back. Any of these injuries can be incredibly painful, require extensive medical care, and reduce a victim’s quality of life.
Chest injuries. When a driver or passenger fails to wear a seatbelt, a car accident can result in severe chest injuries that leave the victim with a broken sternum or broken ribs. Airbags can help mitigate these injuries, but often both a driver and passenger will come away with fractures and even organ damage from a severe motor vehicle accident.
Pelvic and abdominal injuries. Either a side-impact or front-impact collision can result in dangerous injuries to the hip and lower rib cage. A compression pelvic injury, or hip fracture, will sometimes occur from this type of accident, which might also damage internal organs such as the kidneys, liver, and spleen. It is also possible to experience a diaphragm rupture from a jolting accident, which is a tearing of the muscles along the bottom of the rib cage.
Leg and knee injuries. When the body slams into another part of the vehicle’s interior, bones are sometimes fractured or broken. Legs and knees might become severely bruised in a minor accident and much worse in a major collision. In addition to broken bones, an accident victim could suffer from torn muscles or cartilage from abrupt twisting and turning of limbs.
Foot injuries. Feet, ankles, and even toes can be sprained, strained, broken, and even severed in a car accident.
Burn injuries. Burns from car crashes can range from minor to severe to fatal. If a burn is serious, it could require skin grafts and will result in scarring as well as limitation of movement.
Emotional trauma. Car accidents themselves can be terrifying, but the aftermath of these events are emotional nightmares for some victims and their families. The injuries suffered can result in steep medical bills, lost wages, and permanent impairment, all of which can cause untold amounts of pain and suffering.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, it’s important that you seek medical treatment as soon as possible. While some injuries will resolve quickly, others could worsen without the proper attention. In fact, some injuries could become permanent and leave victims with some level or permanent impairment.
Hiring an Experienced Alabama Car Accident Injury Law Firm
At Cobb, Boyd, White & Cobb, we’ve helped countless people injured in car accidents to get the medical care they need as well as the compensation they deserve. We speak with car crash victims daily who have been given the runaround by insurance companies, making an already difficult situation even more unbearable. If you’ve been involved in car accident, we can help document your injuries and pursue the wrongful parties for damages. Contact our experienced Alabama car accident lawyers today at (334) 677-1000 or through our website contact form to schedule a free consultation