One of the leading causes of injuries in the United States is car accidents. During 2012, greater than 5.6 million car accidents were reported in the U.S. Of the car accidents reported in 2012, 1.6 million injuries resulted. The annual economic impact of car accidents is estimated to be $277 billion. These incidents can cause a variety of serious damage, including catastrophic injuries, which can have a disabling impact on car accident victims and their futures.
Head injuries are the most common type of car accident injuries. Head injuries are unquestionably serious, and can occur when car accident victims strike their heads during a car accident, such as on the dash, steering wheel or windows. Head injuries can result in skull fractures and hearing and vision loss. Car accident-related head injuries can result in concussion, traumatic brain injuries and cognitive challenges. They can be costly and challenging to treat, which can create the need for extensive medical care. Back injuries, spinal cord injuries and paralysis can also be caused by car accidents.
Additional injuries can result from car accidents such as neck injuries and whiplash injuries. Chest injuries can also result, which may lead to broken ribs and other types of serious injuries, such as damage to their internal organs. Injuries to the limbs and extremities are also common, and can be even more severe for pedestrian and motorcycle accident victims who are more likely to suffer severed limbs. Emotional harm can also result following a car accident and for that reason, victims who have been harmed by a negligent, reckless or careless driver may be able to recover compensation for the psychological damages they have suffered.
There are important details to be aware of associated with pursuing a claim for the physical, financial and emotional damages associated with a car accident. Car accident victims should be well informed concerning their rights and remedies, as well as the resources available to help them after suffering car accident injuries.
Source: Injury.findlaw.com, “Types of Car Accident Injuries,” Accessed Sept., 2016