Car accidents are one of the most common causes of injuries in the United States. In 2012 alone, there were over 5.6 million car accidents with over 30,000 of those being fatal in nature. It’s not always possible to avoid being in an accident, especially when other drivers don’t obey the rules of the road.
What kinds of injuries can you expect to see following a collision? Head and back injuries can be common and expensive to live with. Traumatic brain injuries take many months or years to recover from, even if they’re minor or moderate. Head injuries can lead to fractures in the skull or vision problems that may take time to resolve. That’s time you may not be able to work or participate in your normal activities.
Neck and chest injuries are common as well. Coming to a stop quickly places great force on your chest where the seat belt crosses it. muscles and ligaments may be damaged, while neck pain is also common due to whiplash. Whiplash can also cause headaches, dizziness and other symptomsthat take months of physical therapy to recovery from. The blunt force impact to your chest may also result in collapsed lungs or broken ribs. Some people even suffer from cardiac arrest due to the stress of the trauma. In the most severe cases, victims of accidents pass away from the extent of their injuries.
While each accident is different, these are some of the most common injuries people suffer. You can seek out compensation to help you cover medical expenses related to treatment and for the lost wages you’re going without. Or, if you’ve lost a loved one in an auto accident, you can pursue a wrongful death claim. Our website has more information.