One of the most common sources of injuries and even deaths are car accidents. In 2012, there were over 5.6 million car accidents in the United States and a reported 1.6 million of these resulted in injuries. Cars are necessary for daily life since they allow you to travel from one point to another in a relatively short space of time. However, as you can see, they are quite dangerous and can lead to a wide range of injuries. So, we will now take a closer look at the different types of possible injuries.
Head injuries are one of the more common and serious injuries that can occur during an accident. These injuries typically occur when there is a high speed collision and the passengers or driver, hit their heads on the dashboard, steering wheel or windows. Some common issues that occur due to this type of trauma include skull fractures, concussions, hearing loss, vision loss and you can even go into a coma and suffer from permanent brain damage or cognitive problems.
Back injuries are also common and if there is damage to the spinal cord, this can lead to nerve damage. Some people may experience a reduction of feeling in their arms, legs, feet and other parts of their body as well as a loss of movement. Serious spinal injury can lead to permanent paralysis which is life altering. Herniated discs are another common back injury that will take a significant amount of time to heal.
Neck and chest injuries are also very common. Whiplash can occur which is when there is a very sudden movement of the head and neck. The severity of the whiplash would depend on the impact of the collision as well as the general health and muscular strength of that person. General neck pain and swelling is also common and some people even experience temporary vocal cord paralysis.
Blunt force trauma in accidents can cause chest issues such as collapsed lungs and broken ribs. If you have pre-existing heart problems, you might go into cardiac arrest and even suffer from a heart attack. There is also the possibility of damage to the internal organs, pelvis and abdomen.
In closing, car accidents can cause some very severe injuries and if you or someone you care about has been involved in one, you should think about seeking the advice of an attorney. They will evaluate your case and injuries and help determine whether you are owed money to cover the costs caused by the injuries.