On average, roughly 15,000 auto accidents get reported to the police everyday. That amounts to over 5.6 million accidents annually. Of these, approximately one-third results in injuries or death. That is a lot of injuries. At Jacobs Law LLC, we represent numerous injury victims and families who have lost loved ones in car accidents each year. We know first-hand the physical and emotional toll a collision can take on an individual. Serious car accidents often have devastating, life-changing consequences.
Knowing What to Expect if You Are Involved in a Serious Vehicle Collision
With Americans driving nearly three trillion miles each year, it’s easy to see why there are so many vehicle collisions. Over the years, we have seen trends develop in the types of injuries that accident victims sustain. The following are some of the most common types of injuries suffered in car crashes and other vehicle collisions:
- Whiplash. Whiplash is widely recognized to be the most common auto accident-related injury. Whiplash occurs when the neck stretches and then quickly snaps back into place. Whiplash can have short-term symptoms (pain and discomfort) in relatively minor accidents. However, in severe cases, it can cause spinal cord damage, which may lead to paralysis or loss of motor function.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) result from skull fractures, hematomas (brain bruises), and nerve damage that occur during violent collisions. These can be diagnosed using MRIs and CT scans, and typically manifest symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, memory loss, anxiety, and depression.
- Chest Injuries. Chest injuries – including broken ribs, broken sternum, and organ damage – are also common. These are most likely to occur when a driver is not wearing his or her seatbelt, although it is not unusual to see chest injuries in other situations as well.
- Broken Limbs. Many accident victims suffer fractures in their arms, legs, hands, and feet. The natural reaction to an impending collision is to brace for impact; however, this can often put unsustainable pressure on your arms and hands – resulting in broken bones. Knees and ankles are also particularly susceptible to fractures in vehicle collisions.
- Psychological Injuries. Finally, it is worth noting that psychological injuries are also common outcomes of auto accidents. From post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the emotional toll of watching their family suffer or dealing with a life-long impairment or disability, many people find themselves struggling psychologically long after the accident is over.
Even if you do not feel hurt, you should still always seek medical attention following a vehicle collision. The shock of being involved in an accident can mask pain initially, and you may have internal injuries that do not manifest symptoms immediately. Your doctor will be able to fully diagnose your injuries and ensure that you receive appropriate medical care.
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