Causes of Car Accidents
Unfortunately, injuries from car accidents can have a significant impact on you and your family for many years to come. When you’re hurt in an accident, you might notice the severe pain associated with your injuries right away. Other medical conditions are more difficult to identify, such as a TBI or whiplash. You may not begin to experience the symptoms of these medical problems until hours or days after the accident has happened. Contact a car accident attorney if you were injured in a car accident.
Car accidents are tied to a number of different critical personal injuries and even death. Many people who are hurt in a crash suffer devastating injuries when they are hit by unsecured cargo or when they collide with another vehicle. In a rollover accident, the person inside the car that is rolled over can be tossed around and injured from multiple different directions. They also could be ejected from the vehicle.
A frontal crash is the one that can lead to the most severe accident injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This can lead to injuries to the neck, head, chest, feet and legs of the front seat passenger and the driver. A side impact front seat rating can lead to injuries to the abdomen, head, chest or pelvis. Any part of the body can be injured in a car accident; however, some injuries are more prevalent than others. These include:
- Pelvic and abdominal injuries: Hip fractures and injury to abdominal injuries are very common in motor vehicle crashes because the spleen, liver and kidneys are all exposed to risk.
- Brain injuries: A piercing head injury or a blow to the head such as your skull striking the steering wheel can damage the brain. This condition can lead to problems with concentration, speech, memory and emotional control.
- Back and neck injuries: One of the most common injuries sustained in car accidents is known as whiplash. This is a back or neck injury that causes the neck to stretch and then quickly snap back into place before the brain can catch up. This can lead to severe and chronic pain.
- Foot injuries: It is all too easy for your feet, toes and ankles to be sprained, broken or strained in a car accident. Furthermore, your toes, feet and other limbs could be severed or forced into amputation.
- Chest injury: The crushing impact of a serious car collision can break ribs or the breast bone, especially if the passenger or driver was not restrained by seatbelts. The severity of chest injuries has been minimized in recent years by the standard placement of airbags in steering wheels and dashboards, however, injuries and fractures do still occur.
All these injuries might require rehab, pain medication, or surgeries. Depending on the extent of the accident, full recovery may not be possible. Your doctors can tell you more about what’s required, but this can influence your injury claim.
If you or someone you know has already been injured in a car accident, the most important component of your claim is the determination that someone else was responsible or negligent for your injuries. If you can identify such a person or multiple entities who could be held responsible for your injuries, it is up to you to take action as quick as possible to protect your best interests. The right car accident attorney is an important asset as you move forward with a legal claim for compensation. When the injuries you have suffered are catastrophic in nature and have made it difficult or impossible for you to ever return to work, you have grounds to pursue a personal injury claim to assist you with all expenses associated with the accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, we can help protect your rights. For a free initial consultation, contact us by e-mail or call our offices, in New Brunswick at 732-247-3600 or in Somerville at 908-448-2560.