Auto and vehicle accidents, in general, have common mechanisms of injury. If you are injured in a vehicle accident, it’s important to have an attorney specializing in these types of accidents. Representation from a law office that understands the different types of injuries and the short-term and long-term effects makes it more likely you will get the compensation you need and deserve. You may be eligible for compensation that includes medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, vehicle repair or replacement, and other damages if you suffer from one of the top 10 common car accident injuries.
How Can You Avoid Common Injuries?
The best way to avoid common injuries in a car accident is to prevent the car accident, if at all possible! Follow the speed limit. Don’t drive and text or do anything that might distract you from the road. Sometimes, though, car accidents are beyond our control. Ensure that you and all passengers are wearing seat belts; this will help minimize injury as much as possible.
Top 10 Common Car Accident Injuries
At the law firm of Howe & Associates, we are committed to helping the victims of negligence-related auto accidents pursue maximum compensation for their injuries. Our team of personal injury lawyers handles a range of common injuries in auto accidents and other motor vehicle accidents. Here are the top ten injuries we see in relation to car accidents.
1. Back and spinal cord injuries
This type of injury might include back strains, herniated or ruptured disks, fractured vertebra, or compression fractures of the spine. In severe instances, spinal cord injuries can lead to paraplegia or quadriplegia.
2. Neck injuries such as whiplash and collarbone fractures
Whiplash injuries are one of the most frequent injuries that people experience after an auto accident. It is a soft tissue injury, but it’s so common that it is in a class of its own. Sometimes people experience headaches and fatigue along with the neck’s stiffness or pain.
3. Head injuries such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI) or concussions
The impact of a concussion or a TBI can be long-reaching. Confusion, difficulty concentrating, and even potential behavior changes all may occur with a TBI or concussion.
4. Amputation injuries involving the loss of a limb or digit
Loss of a limb is one of the most traumatic injuries a person can experience. It usually only occurs in conjunction with very serious car accidents, such as a rollover accident. The impact is long-term and can lead to both physical and psychological complications.
5. Soft tissue injuries
Soft tissue injuries cover the category of any injury that impacts the ligaments, tendons, and muscles in your body. They’re very common, due to the heavy impact of the vehicles colliding. You may experience swelling, bruising, stiffness, and soreness.
6. Broken or fractured bones
A broken or fractured bone can be very painful. Some of the more common fractures associated with car accidents include: tibia fractures, rib fractures (due to the seatbelt or airbag), hip fractures, and wrist fractures.
7. Severe burns from car fires or vehicle explosions
In 2019, there were nearly 190,000 highway vehicle fires. Vehicles may catch on fire because of malfunctioning equipment or because of collision. Severe burns can require extensive medical care and attention, especially if they are third or fourth degree.
8. Airbag abrasions
When an airbag deploys, it does so with an incredible amount of force. This can cause abrasions or burns. The most common areas that airbag abrasions affect are the face and the upper body.
9. Lacerations and scars from broken windshields
Although manufacturers have improved windshields, so they are more shatter-resistant, windshields may still break, or glass from mirrors may shatter and cause injuries.
10. Road rash from motorcycle or bicycle accidents
Although road rash tends to be minor, more serious road rash, especially if it’s deep, can cause nerve damage or even damage to the muscles and tendons. If the road rash is severe enough, it might even impact the bone.
Seek Medical Assistance Immediately
If you or a loved one experiences a car accident, you must make sure you tend to any injuries right away. See a medical professional as quickly as possible to receive the appropriate and necessary care. If a provider creates a treatment plan, follow it, and document everything.
Georgia’s Most Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been in a car accident and suffered from any car accident injuries, let the team at Howe & Associates help you navigate this difficult time. With more than 30 years of experience and millions of dollars recovered for clients, Howe & Associates is here to assist you. Treatment of car accident injuries can be incredibly expensive, and you shouldn’t have to suffer for someone else’s poor choices. Call us at 770-529-4357 for a FREE Personal Injury Consultation or contact us online.