Car accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries in the United States. Over five and a half million car accidents were recorded throughout the United States in just 2012 alone. From these, thirty thousand involved fatalities, and over one and a half million were associated with other injuries. The damages that car accidents cause is substantial. The estimated economic impact of car accidents is theorized to be in the neighborhood of nearly three hundred billion dollars annually. Given that much of the brunt of this is distributed by insurance costs and premiums, that’s almost every person paying a thousand dollars a year across the country, whether they were involved or not.
Every crash is different, but some car accident injuries are more common than others. Only physicians can specifically and accurately diagnose much less treat specific injuries, but the following paragraphs should still prove informative.
Head and back injuries are perhaps the most serious car accident injuries short of actual fatality and death. Driver and passengers who are seated when involved in a high-speed collision with anything might wind up striking their head against a steering wheel, a window, or a dashboard. Traumatic brain injury can occur, ranging from a mild concussion to a coma or long-lasting cognitive issues. Extensive medical treatment and even longer-term care are sometimes necessary after such an injury. Other head injuries can be hearing loss, vision complications, and skull fractures.
The back is also at risk of injury. Serious nerve damage can happen as a result of spinal cord damage. Reduced sensation and loss of control over limbs might happen, with even permanent paralysis possible. Herniated disks are also common car accident injuries. These cases are not as severe, but can still result in complications like muscular weakness, limb pain, or sensations of tingling and numbness.
Chest and neck injuries are other complications, often in the form of whiplash. Rear-end collisions are notorious for sudden head and neck movements that damage ligaments and muscles. Swelling and neck pain are common issues, but not the only ones. It’s not even rare for someone to suffer a temporary paralysis of their vocal cords following a car accident.
Chest trauma is also a serious problem, where blunt force breaks ribs and even collapses lungs. Anyone with heart issues might even go into traumatic cardiac arrest, and internal bleeding is always a huge risk requiring immediate medical intervention.
Limbs can also be common injury areas in a car accident, especially among pedestrians and motorcyclists. These situations can range from torn ACLs and broken bones to fully severed limbs. Fatality rates among motorcycle riders are far higher than car occupants. In all accidents, emotional distress is also very common, and post-traumatic stress disorder is something that happens a lot.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of a car accident, then you might be entitled to settlement or compensation that covers your bills. Consult an attorney in your area to review your potential case.