Car accident injuries can strike any part of a passenger’s or driver’s body. Injuries can be caused by impact or by broken glass or sharp parts torn from the car or from loose items in the car. In addition, drivers, passengers, and even family members who were not in the accident, can suffer significant emotional or psychological distress. Some of these injuries will not show up until after the dust settles, even days or weeks after the crash.
If you’ve suffered any of these car injuries, no matter how slight, you need to act now to protect your rights, including your right to compensation. At Brylak Law, our car accident attorneys have worked for years on behalf of those who have suffered significant car accident injuries to find the satisfaction and resources necessary to get their lives back on track. Contact Brylak Law as soon as possible for a no-cost case evaluation.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Here are the ten of the most common car accident injuries:
Brain injuries. Damage to the brain, known as a traumatic brain injury (TBI), can occur from a blow to the head or when an object pierces the skull. TBI can be a relatively mild injury, like a concussion that with a few weeks of rest will heal on its own. A TBI can also be quite severe. It can impair critical life functions, including vision, speech, memory, concentration, and emotions.
Other injuries to the head can include damage to the eye resulting in partial loss of vision or even blindness. Ear injuries can result in loss of hearing. A jaw fracture can cause damage to the mouth and teeth, including tooth loss.
Neck and back injuries
When a car suddenly stops or accelerates, the motion can cause the neck and/or back muscles to quickly stretch and snap back. This is called whiplash, and it is the most common injury suffered in auto accidents. Whiplash can affect both the neck and the back, including damage to the vertebrae, ligaments, disks, and the spinal cord. Other serious damage can result in paralysis or loss of function in the limbs or other large areas of the body..Injuries to the back and neck that are less severe can still cause chronic pain and impact qualify of life.
Larynx or trachea injuries
A blow to the neck can result in a crushed larynx or trachea. A broken neck can result in instant death.
The severity of crash injuries has been reduced now that airbags are standard in steering wheels and dashboards. But, the impact of an automobile collision can still fracture ribs and the sternum (breast bone) and cause serious internal injuries. This is particularly true when the driver or the passenger is not using a seat belt.
Rupture of the diaphragm (a tear in the muscle at the base of the rib cage that controls respiration) is common when the lower chest or trunk experiences a blunt or penetrating trauma.
Pelvic and abdominal injuries
Also common are hip fractures (compressive pelvic injuries) and injuries to abdominal structures. Front and side impact collisions often cause kidney, liver, and spleen injuries.
Leg and knee injuries
In a car accident, most knee and leg injuries occur due to impact with a part of the car. Injuries can be as mild as bruising (contusions) and simple fractures or as severe as compound fractures and crushed limbs. When knees are abruptly twisted or turned in an accident, the meniscus (the cartilage of the knee) can tear.
Although feet and other limbs can be severed in a car accident, car accidents routinely cause strains, sprains, or broken ankles, feet, and toes.
A car accident will cause more than physical damage. Especially when a crash causes severe injury or loss of life, the driver and the passengers often suffer short or long term emotional distress, anxiety, and depression. They can also develop conditions very much like post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Car accident injuries can disrupt lives beyond the physical and emotional trauma suffered by those in the car. Recovery will take time from work, often months for significant injuries. Financial distress is common as medical bills mount and wage earners are unable to return to their jobs. Family members who were not in the accident can also suffer emotional trauma from the accident and its aftermath.
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Brylak Law has helped thousands of Texans who have suffered car accident injuries like these. We stand ready to help you determine whether you are entitled to compensation for any car accident injuries you suffered. Get started now by calling us for a free initial consultation.