Car accidents are very common and many people get injured due to such accidents. As per the data available for the year 2012, in the USA more than 5.6 million car accidents took place and out of them over 30,000 were really fatal accidents. Almost 1.6 million people were injured due to such accidents. The cost of the accidents is around $277 billion in a year.
The types of car accident injuries may vary due to nature of the accident however there are few accidents which are very common. In this small article, we shall dwell upon some of the common injuries that take place due to car accidents.
Head and Back Injuries
If a person injury’s his head in a car accident then it is considered to be a very serious kind of injury. Most often the driver gets injured due to high speed collisions when their head hits against steering wheel, window or dashboard. Passengers may also hit the window and get serious head injury. Many people may get injury in their brain, which may result in coma and many other cognitive problems. Most of the head injuries require extensive medical treatments, which may continue for a long time. Head injuries can also be a reason for skull fractures, vision problems and hearing loss.
Similarly many people also get back injuries, which may damage the spinal cord. People may find it difficult to control their leg, feet, arms and hand. Some people may even get paralyzed.
Neck and Chest Injuries
If there is any rear end collision then it may cause serious neck injury, which may damage our ligament and neck muscle. The extent of damage may vary from person to person depending upon the impact of the accident or the health of the individual. Most of the people get swelling or serious pain in their neck. Some people may suffer from temporary vocal cord paralysis after such accidents.
If anyone is seriously injured then it might also affect his/her chest area. If the person is a heart patient then the accident may cause traumatic cardiac arrest. Some people may suffer internal bleeding in their chest immediately after the accident. Some of the accidents that damage any internal organ, abdomen or pelvis may require immediate medical attention.
Other Types of Injuries
Other types of common injuries are in the hands, feet and legs in addition to injuries mentioned above. If a motorcyclist is involved in the car accident then he may have serious injuries that may lead to broken bones, severed limbs, ligament damage etc. The motorcyclist may suffer more injury as compared to drivers or passengers sitting in a car.
Many people also suffer from emotional stress after the accident. Not only people who meet with the accident, but also those who witnessed the accident may suffer from emotional distress.
Seeking Legal Help
If you or any of your friend or relative is injured in car accident then you must contact a lawyer. He can advise you according to the case, which is necessary for claiming compensation from those who are responsible for the accident.