Car accidents are among the leading causes of bodily injury and death in the United States. Of the estimated 5.6 million reported car accidents in 2012, 30,000 crashes resulted in death and more than 1.6 million resulted in bodily injury.
The economic cost of car accidents is significant as well. It is estimated that car accidents is more than $300 million each year, or approximately $1,000 per person in the United States. The economic cost is derived from resources allocated to public services, insurance costs, and the medical costs associated with various types of injuries suffered by people involved in collisions.
While every car accident can be unique and different in its own way, there are some injuries that are more commonly involved in crashes than others. Of course, you should always have your injuries diagnosed by a medical professional if you have been injured in a car accident and are thinking about pursuing an insurance claim for your injuries and other damages.
Injuries To The Neck, Back, And Head
Due to the physical nature of car accidents, injuries to the neck, head, and back region are among the most common types of injury suffered by accident victims. Drivers and passengers are likely to strike their heads against the dashboard or steering wheel, and the violent impact that is common in high-speed collisions can cause neck injuries ranging from whiplash to severe sprains or even fractured vertebrae.
Many car accident victims also suffer back injuries. Again, these can range from minor sprains or strains to herniated discs or fractures, depending upon the speed and impact of the collision. Spinal cord injuries can be very traumatic and have life-long implications for injured victims. Serious spinal cord damage can result in paralysis and other loss of bodily function.
Numbness, tingling, and other nerve-related damage such as muscle weakness or chronic pain can also be associated with serious back injuries.
Injuries To The Extremities
Because very few car accident victims ever see the collision coming before it happens, it is not uncommon for people to suffer injuries to their arms, legs, hands, feet, fingers, and toes. Extremities can become trapped if the collision is severe enough, and a driver’s hands are particularly vulnerable considering they are likely to be exposed at impact.
Torn ligaments, such as the ACL, LCL, MCL, or patellar tendon are also common in car accidents, especially in violent collisions where the front end of the vehicle is damaged and causes trauma to a driver or passenger’s legs.
It is also quite common for accident victims to suffer emotional injuries, such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety. Being injured in a car accident can be very emotionally traumatic, and victims who suffer emotionally can receive compensation for counseling and to relieve them of their pain and suffering.
Contact An Attorney To Learn More About Your Rights
If you have suffered serious injuries in a car accident, it’s important that you understand your legal rights and avoid common mistakes accident victims typically make when working with the insurance companies.
Our car accident attorneys offer a free case evaluation to injured victims who are frustrated with the claims process and want to learn more about their legal rights. Our legal team does not charge for this service, and there is no obligation to hire us.
You should only hire an attorney if it is in your best interests and the attorney can add value to the claim. Our evaluation of your case will help us better determine if we can assist you or if you may be able to handle the claim on your own, without having to pay for an attorney. Use the contact form on this page or call (206) 727-4000 to get started.