The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there were over 254 million registered passenger cars and light trucks in the US in 2014, and they were involved in collisions that caused injuries to 2,074,000 people. Those figures are stunning, and they demonstrate that accidents happen even with the highest level of care when driving.
Even considering the great number of injuries that occurred, they still tend to fall into just a few categories. You should consult with a Maryland personal injury attorney about these common types of car accident injuries, as you may be entitled to compensation for damages related to your treatment and lost wages.
Head and Back Injuries
These types of injuries are among the most serious. Drivers and passengers may strike their heads against the steering wheel, dashboard, or windows, even when seatbelts are properly secured. A blow to the head can lead to severe brain injuries, including coma, concussions, cuts, vision and hearing problems, and long term cognitive conditions.
Injuries to the back can also be traumatic, because the spine and spinal cord are fragile. A significant impact can lead to nerve damage, which causes a wide array of health problems. Some car accident victims lose sensation in their extremities or experience an uncomfortable tingling, but more severe conditions can result. Permanent or temporary paralysis can leave a person with mobility problems, or possibly unable to walk.
Neck and Chest Conditions
The most well-known type of neck injury in a car accident is whiplash, where the impact jars the head forward and strains the muscles and soft tissues of the neck. Localized pain and swelling are common, though whiplash can be severe – even causing temporary paralysis of the vocal cords.
Many car accident victims suffer chest trauma from blunt force during the impact, which can lead to such injuries as broken ribs and collapsed lungs. Internal bleeding can result from the blow and there’s often damage to internal organs. People with existing heart conditions may even go into cardiac arrest as a result of the trauma to the chest.
Limbs and Extremities Issues
Broken bones in the arms, legs, feet, and hands are common, but even severe bruising to the extremities can be extremely painful. These types of injuries typically involve long recovery periods, during which a car accident victim may be unable to work or go about a normal routine.
More serious injuries to the limbs might even require surgery – or a series of surgeries – to return the patient to health. In some cases, a person will never recover the full usage of these body parts.
Regardless of the types of injuries you suffer in a car accident, it’s important to discuss your matter with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. You are at a disadvantage in discussing settlement with the responsible party’s insurance company and in court if you don’t have a lawyer on your side.
The experienced lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC will pursue your right to compensation and ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.