Vehicle collision injuries can end up being minor injuries or even fatal. Regardless of what injuries are sustained, many victims are unable to return to work or their normal daily lives. Negligent drivers cause injured patrons to deal with unexpected hospital bills, rehab costs and lost wages due to not being able to work. Here, The Law Office of P. Kent Eichelzer III discusses the most common types of injuries that come from vehicle collision accidents.
Common Vehicle Collision Injuries
When it comes to the majority of accidents, most are rear-ended accidents. When these occur, it is likely one of the people involved with sustain a neck injury. Individuals likely suffer from severe whiplash and neck strain injuries. When the neck is rapidly jolted back and forth, the muscles and ligaments in the neck are stretched in an abnormal range of motion. This can cause excruciating pain.
In the majority of vehicle collision accidents, the lower back is the most common back injury. Victims often suffer from sprained backs, herniated discs and broken or fractured vertebrae. Since the lower back is so central to human mobility, back injuries often require months or years, of physical therapy to heal. In some cases, a back injury won’t become known until after the accident. If you or a loved one sustains a back injury from a vehicle collision be sure to call us today for more information on actions to take for compensation.
In some accidents, windshields or side windows may shatter. Additionally, chemicals can spill and fires can start causing scarring and disfigurement. Oftentimes, victims experience cuts and burns to the face and torso which end up scarring. Scars can be detrimental to an individual’s self-esteem and confidence. Individuals with extensive scarring report a lack of comfort in work and in life with reduced quality of life issues. Additionally, scarring that damages the nerves or muscles may also impact motor control functions. Unfortunately, treating scars may require special burn doctors and plastic surgery. The process of treating severe scarring can quickly become very expensive.
Fractured and broken bones are common in car accidents that are severe, such as those in which a multiple vehicle collision occurs or where a vehicle turns over. Broken bones can take a very long time to heal and may require rehabilitation. Common broken bone injuries can include:
- Spinal injuries
- Skull fractures
- Hip fractures
- Broken pelvis
- Busted ribs
- Tibia and fibula fractures in the legs
- Broken and fractured wrists
Amputations and lost limbs are not as common as other vehicle collision injuries. When these types of injuries occur, the victim can be faced with a lifelong and irreversible disability. This disability will forever alter how a person lives every single day. Amputations caused by vehicle collision accidents are called traumatic amputations because they are performed after a traumatic accident. The most common amputation injury after a car accident is the loss of the arms. An experienced amputation personal injury attorney like Kent Eichelzer can help you get the financial benefits you and your family deserve.
When a vehicle collision occurs, drivers and passengers may hit their heads in a very hard manner. Additionally, oftentimes, objects in the vehicle that become unstable after an accident can cause severe head wounds. With that being said, a traumatic brain injury after an accident may not show up right away. Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include,
- Difficulty thinking
- Difficulty retaining new information
- Feeling tired all the time
- Headaches or migraines
- Emotional outbursts
- Mood swings
If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms after a vehicle collision, immediately contact a medical provider ASAP.
Causes of Vehicle Collision Accidents
Since 1896, millions of people have died worldwide from vehicle collisions. This is in part due to human error. Many of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents are preventable. It is clear that the leading causes of auto accidents in America and the world are accidents caused by improper driving behavior. The five leading causes of motor vehicle accidents include:
- Distracted drivers
- Sleepy drivers
- Drunk drivers
- Reckless drivers
- Aggressive drivers
Sustain A Vehicle Collision Injury? Call Us Today
Were you in an auto accident caused by negligence? We understand what a traumatic time that can be. The attorneys at the Law Offices of P. Kent Eichelzer III have over 16 years of experience handling cases involving truck, car, and motorcycle accidents. We have offices convenient to Woodstock, GA, and Marietta, GA. Don’t wait another minute; contact us today to set up a free consultation.