Common Injuries in Car Accidents in Georgia

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that motor vehicles injures include 99 percent of non-fatal transportation injuries in the United States. Because these injuries can be substantial in nature and involve expensive medical treatment, anyone who uses a motor vehicle should learn the basics about the most basic types of automobile injuries including how to receive compensation for these injuries.

Amputations And Lost Limbs

In catastrophic motor vehicle accidents, victims can lose limbs during a collision. Sometimes, an individual’s limbs might become trapped in a motor vehicle resulting in a forced amputation. These injuries can leave accident victims to face a lifetime a pain and greatly impact potential job prospects.

Back Pain And Spinal Cord Injuries

Back pain is a common injury for automobile accident victims. These types of injuries can vary greatly in magnitude from pulled or strained muscles to severe and potentially paralyzing spinal cord injuries. As a result, individuals who experience as a result of a motor vehicle collision should immediately seek medical attention. The quicker an individual obtains medical assistance, the greater an individual’s chances of not experiencing chronic back pain. In the very worst types of motor vehicle collisions, paralysis can occur.

Broken Bones And Fractures

When substantial car collisions occur, there is a high chance of broken bones or fractures occurring. The bones that are most frequently injured include arms, knees, legs, and ribs. When ribs are broken, there is the additional risk of lungs being damaged. When bones are broken, individuals can expect to experience significant medical bills and intense pain. More serious broken bone injuries frequently include physical therapy.

Emotional Distress

While much emphasis is paid to the physical injuries that can be caused due to a motor vehicle collision, less parties recognize that motor vehicle accident can be emotionally traumatizing for accident victims.Some of the most common impacts of this emotional trauma are post traumatic stress disorder and anxiety attacks.

Facial Cuts And Lacerations

Various small fragments including broken glass, chipped off pieces off dashboards, and other items can cut the faces of motor vehicle drivers and passengers. Other facial cuts can occur if an individual’s head strikes a deployed airbags. Frequently accompanying facial cuts and lacerations are dental problems.

Head And Brain Injury

Head injuries are a common experience during a motor vehicle accident. Due to the motion of a car during a collision, many motor vehicle drivers and passenger strike their heads against dashboards, steering wheels, or windows during an car accident which can result in head injuries and brain damages. Some of the symptoms experienced by individuals with head and brain injuries include blurred vision, confusion, dizziness, nausea, and memory loss. Motorists must remember that not all head injuries are immediately apparent so individuals who strike their heads during car collisions must remember to receive medical attention.

Internal Injuries

Internal injuries including bleeding and organ damage. All of an individual’s organs can be damaged during a car accident including the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and spleen. Internal injuries are often life threatening and it is imperative that any individual who receive damage to internal organs immediately seek out medical assistance.

Neck Injuries

Neck pain is one of the most commonly cited injuries that results from a motor vehicle accident. The reason for the high amount of neck injuries is that often when vehicle collisions occur, a motor vehicle driver or passenger’s neck quickly jerks forward then back. Some symptoms accompanying neck pain are headaches and dizziness.

Rib Injuries

Rib injuries are substantial injuries. When the soft tissue around an individual’s rib cage are injured, this can also bruise the individual’s heart and lungs. Broken ribs can also puncture not just lungs but also major arteries and other organs. Individuals who receive rib injuries must make sure to obtain prompt medical treatment because these injuries can be life threatening if left untreated.

Ways To Reduce The Risk Of Car Accident Injuries

Fortunately, there are several practices that individuals can utilize to greatly reduce the risk of being injured during a motor vehicle collision. While all individuals are recommended to monitor the traffic around one’s vehicle and to follow the posted road signs. Not all accidents, however, are preventable but there are additional certain steps that individuals can take to avoid severe injuries. To increase one’s chances of not being injured during a motor vehicle collision, it is recommend that an individual take the following steps.

  • Adjust Headrests. Many whiplash cases arise from an individual’s neck striking the headrest improperly. Individuals can reduce the risk of suffering severe whiplash if the individual’s headrest is properly adjusted and the top of the headrest is square with the top of the individual’s head.

  • Implement A Short Backset. The term “backset” refers to the distance between a motor vehicle’s headrest and the back of an individual’s head. Individuals driving or riding in a motor vehicle should make sure to use a distance of two inches or less. When backsets are greater than two inches, an individual risks receiving a more substantial head or back injury.

  • Wear Seatbelts. Seatbelts are one of the best ways to reduce the potential of being killed or substantially injured during a motor vehicle crash. Individuals must make sure the seat belt is being worn properly and that the belt is across one’s lap and not their abdomen.

While these are a few examples of the most common types of injuries that can result from a motor vehicle collision, this list is not comprehensive and that are many other potential injuries that can result from motor vehicle accidents. If you have suffered any type of injury to a car accident, experienced legal counsel at The Angell Law Firm, LLC can help make sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motor vehicle accident, The Angell Law Firm can help pursue claims against the liable party’s insurance company or navigate matters in a court of law. We have substantial experiencing in helping the victims of road traffic accidents and even off house and hospital calls to accident victims who are seriously injured.