5 Common Types of Car Crash Injuries
Each year, car crashes are continually the leading cause of injury in the United States. They can result in weeks, months, or even years of recovery on part of the victim. There are five leading types of injuries sustained in car accidents.
The most common injury sustained in a car crash is whiplash. Whiplash is a serious injury that can result in extreme discomfort and lack of mobility in the neck.
Other types of neck injuries could include those leading to more serious concerns, like disc herniation. Certain neck injuries often require significant amounts of physical therapy. Sometimes, they even require surgical treatment.
A variety of back injuries can be sustained in an auto accident. Back injuries suffered in a crash may include strains, sprains, fractures, disc dislocation, and severe spinal injuries. Serious back injuries can result in chronic pain and even loss of movement entirely.
In the event of a crash, broken glass, severed metal, and other types of debris can result in deep lacerations or cuts. In severe cases, the cut may require stitches.
Cuts can also result in significant scarring, especially when then lacerations are particularly deep. Surgery may be required to prevent scarring, especially if the scarring is located on the victim’s face.
Broken bones often require serious emergency medical attention. The severity of the breakage, which bones are broken, the location of the break, and the number of breaks, could require surgical treatment. Broken arms, wrists, legs, ribs, and ankles are often sustained in auto accidents.
Concussions are an injury to the brain. According to the Mayo Clinic, concussions are traumatic brain injuries that alter the functionality of the brain. People often associate concussions with a loss of consciousness, but most concussions happen without loss of consciousness. This can be very risky because a concussion may take place without notice.
Concussions take place when the brain is shaken aggressively within the skull. This could happen in a car crash, such as when your head hits the window or something within the vehicle. A concussion could occur even if your head does not make contact with an object.
In the case of minor concussions, the victim may simply need to get some well-needed rest to let the bruising heal. Some concussions may require hospitalization or possible surgery to stop the bleeding.
New Mexico Car Crashes
More than 6.3 million car crashes are reported in the United States each year, according to statistics gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nearly 5,000 people are killed in these accidents. Drunk drivers are one of the leading causes of car crashes.
More than 19,000 people in New Mexico were seriously injured in a collision in 2015. Someone is injured by a drunk driver every 6 hours. In some cases, victims and their families may be eligible to obtain lost compensation after a crash.
The New Mexico car crash lawyers at Will Ferguson & Associates have the experience necessary to recover satisfactory settlements for our clients. If you have been injured by a negligent driver, you should hold the at-fault party responsible for their actions. Contact our offices at 505-226-8617 if you or a loved one has been injured unfairly in a collision.