Car Accidents Can Cause Serious Trauma and Death
Car accidents are a leading cause of injuries and deaths. The good news is that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), auto accident fatalities decreased by 3.1 percent and injuries decreased by 3.8 percent from 2012 and 2013. However, the number of injuries and deaths are still way too high. Consider the following statistics:
- 32,719 people were killed in auto accidents in 2013.
- 2,313,000 people were injured in auto accidents in 2013.
Common Injuries Caused by Auto Accidents
Many different types of injuries can happen as a result of a car crash. However, common injuries associated with car accidents include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury. One of the most common injuries is a brain injury caused by an impact to the head. A traumatic brain injury can be debilitating and can result in major life changes.
- Other head and facial injuries. This can include injuries to the eyes or ears, resulting in a partial or complete loss of vision or hearing. Other victims could suffer a facial or jaw fracture, and dental injuries, which could result in the loss of teeth.
- Neck injuries. Whiplash and neck strain are probably the most common injuries, which can result in damage to the vertebrae, ligaments, or discs and lead to long-term pain. If the neck is broken, it could be fatal.
- Spinal cord injuries. This is caused when displaced bone fragments, disc material, or ligaments bruise or tear into the spinal tissue. It can result in nerve damage, loss of feeling, and partial or complete paralysis.
- Back injuries. Accident victims most commonly suffer lower back injuries, including sprains and strains, herniated discs, and fractured vertebrae. A person may not realize the extent of the injury at first, but can suffer life-long pain and limitations to his day-to-day activities.
- Internal injuries. These can include injuries to the bowels, kidneys, spleen, liver, lungs, and heart. Rib fractures are common and can puncture one of these internal organs. Internal injuries can be very serious and sometimes life-threatening.
- Limb injuries. Injuries to the legs, feet, arms, hands, and knees can include fractures, torn and damaged ligaments, and even severed limbs. These injuries can be very painful and in serious cases could require surgery and months of rehabilitation.
Many of these injuries require expensive medical treatments, extensive periods of time off work to heal, and life-long changes to the person’s life. However, a victim of an automobile accident may be entitled to compensation for his medical bills, lost wages, and emotional trauma from the driver who caused his accident.
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