No one ever wants to find themselves in a car accident. From serious injuries to dealing with insurance adjusters, being in a car accident is an inconvenience that can quickly escalate into a major ordeal that consumes all of your time and money. That is why it is important to be aware of common car accident injuries and how to prevent them. Knowing this information can come in handy if you are involved in a serious car wreck.
At Saint & Watzke, PLLP, we see a lot of clients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and other head injuries caused by car accidents. Head injuries can be tricky because the symptoms are not always immediately apparent, and sometimes take weeks or months to develop. People with traumatic brain injuries often have long-term problems with their brain function. Head injuries can be caused by flying objects or hitting your head on hard surfaces during the collision.
Your ribs are among the most fragile bones in your body, which makes them particularly vulnerable during a car accident. The force of a collision can push your body forward, backward, or sideways. This can cause your ribs to snap. Broken ribs are not only painful, but also require a long period of rest and recovery.
Cuts and scrapes sustained on the outside of your body is common during a collision, but so is internal bleeding. Like some head injuries, the symptoms of internal bleeding can be difficult to spot. This injury is very dangerous if is not quickly treated, which is why you should seek medical attention if you are involved in a serious car accident. Internal bleeding can be life-threatening, so don’t hesitate to go to a doctor.
Muscle, ligament, and tendon injuries sustained in a car accident are often referred to as whiplash. These injuries occur when your body suddenly moves faster that it normally would. The force of the movement strains the muscles and other soft tissues, but does not break the bones. Not only is whiplash very painful, it also takes quite a while to heal.
Bones commonly break in car accidents, from rear-end collisions to side impact crashes. The force of an accident can break a person’s arms, legs, hips, shoulders and other bones.
Hitting your knee on the dashboard is a common occurrence in car accidents. Trauma caused to your knee can force you to rely on braces or crutches to get around. Serious knee injuries tend to require surgery to repair.
You won’t be able to control the drivers around you, but you can be cautious when you are on the road if you want to reduce your chances of being in a car accident. Make sure you have your seatbelt on before you start driving. Having your seat belt on really can save your life if you collide with another vehicle. Always drive at the speed limit. Many car accidents are caused by reckless drivers who were exceeding the posted speed limit when they hit another vehicle.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, you should speak to an experienced lawyer about how to secure the compensation you deserve. Our lawyers are here to review your case and work with you to make sure all of your accident damages are covered by the negligent party. Let us put our skills to work for you today.