The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) reports that there are approximately 400,000 car accidents on Florida roads each year. More than 165,000 of those accidents were injury crashes.
Common Car Accident Injuries
There are many different types of car accident injuries, ranging in severity. A victim who is unconscious and/or bleeding is obviously injured and needs immediate medical attention. However, there are many types of car crash injuries in which symptoms do not appear for several hours.
Sometimes it can be days before a person realizes they have suffered some type of injury from the collision. A seasoned New Port Richey car accident lawyer will advise you that even if you do not think you have been injured, you should always see a doctor if you have been involved in a crash.
Neck and Back
One of the most common injuries caused by auto accidents is whiplash or injury to the neck, especially in rear-end collisions. When the impact of the crash causes the head to thrust forward or to the side, there is a heavy pressure that is put on the neck ligaments, which can sprain or strain them. Common injuries to the back include damage to the spinal cord and herniated discs.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur when a person’s brain is severely shaken inside the skull. This commonly happens in car accidents when a person’s head hits the steering wheel or the window. Even a minor TBI, such as a concussion, can be fatal if not treated properly. More severe TBIs can affect a victim’s speech, vision, memory, and concentration.
Injuries to the chest, hip, legs, knees, and feet are all very vulnerable to injury in a crash. Many car accident victims end up with fracture or multiple fractures in these areas, usually due to the impact of the body being crushed from the force of being hit by another vehicle. A serious risk is compound fractures. This is where the bone actually pierces the skin. Victims who suffer from compound fractures not only suffer excruciating pain, but they are also at high risk of infection.
Cuts and Bruises
When a crash happens, any loose items in the vehicle, such as cell phones, purses, water bottles, etc., can get thrown around. These items can hit a victim causing bruising or even bleeding. An airbag deploying can also cause cuts or bruise a driver or passenger.
Although these injuries may sound like minor ones, there are incidents where a cut is deep enough to cause severe and dangerous bleeding. There can also be scars left from the cut. A car accident attorney in New Port Richey can help an individual obtain compensation for the injuries they sustained.
Let an Attorney Fight for You
Injuries from a car accident can have a devastating effect on a victim, as well as their family. Not only are victims forced to struggle with the pain of their injuries and the recovery process, their quality of life is also greatly affected.
There is also often the stress of dealing with high medical and rehabilitation bills, as well as loss of income from not being able to work. This can be an overwhelming situation for families to deal with, only made worse by trying to deal with insurance companies in order to obtain compensation for their injuries.
If you have been injured in a crash, let a New Port Richey car accident attorney advocate for you and your family. We will make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact our office today for a free consultation.