Did you know more than five million car accidents occurred in the United States in 2012? Of these, 1.6 million led to at least one person being injured.
A motor vehicle accident can cause many types of injury, some of which are minor and others of which are serious.
Some of the most common types of injuries include:
- Back, neck, and head injuries. In the event of an accident, the driver and passengers are often times shaken. This can lead to their head colliding with the dashboard, windows, or steering wheel. Furthermore, it can cause whiplash and other back and neck injuries.
- Chest injuries. Blunt force trauma is always a concern in a motor vehicle accident. For example, this could happen when the driver’s chest strikes the steering wheel. The result could be collapsed lungs, internal bleeding, broken ribs (and other bones), and in the most serious of situations, cardiac arrest.
- Injuries to the extremities. This includes the hands, feet, arms, and legs. Common types of injuries include ligament damage, broken bones, and severed limbs.
Note: in addition to physical injuries, being involved in a car accident can cause emotional distress. This is particularly true if one or more person was seriously injured in the accident. A serious car crash may make it difficult for a person to ride in a motor vehicle again in the near future. Subsequently, counseling and therapy is often times required.
Regardless of where you live, what type of car you are driving, or the roads you are traveling, it is important to act in a responsible manner. This means paying attention to the road, avoiding distractions, and monitoring other drivers around you.
Were you or a loved one injured in a motor vehicle accident? After receiving medical attention, you may want to learn more about your legal rights. If another person acted in a negligent manner, causing the accident and your injuries, filing a claim may help you receive compensation. Contact us for legal advice and guidance.