It’s important to know about the possible injuries that you can be subject to in a car crash. For many people, it is their first exposure to the idea of driving without seatbelts. In addition, the United States has some of the strictest laws regarding drunk driving, so it is a misconception that all injuries are minor when they happen.
When you are involved in a car crash, it is essential that you have the legal assistance of personal injury lawyers from Turco Legal, P.C., for the best process to get the compensation that you deserve.
Here are 5 common injuries resulting from car crashes:
Although the brain is in a somewhat protected region inside the skull, that doesn’t guarantee that it won’t suffer damage. Internal head injuries happen when the tissue inside the brain is injured. A person might have a concussion (or mild traumatic brain injury), and he/she might appear normal at first but experience confusion, drowsiness, unconsciousness, and even death as time goes by.
A whiplash is an injury that results when the head and neck are suddenly forced to move back and forth very quickly. Whiplash can injure muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the neck. They are common in car crashes, especially when they are the type of crash where your body suddenly jerks forward but you don’t hit anything else.
Spinal cord injuries
You need not be thrown out of the car or even hit your head to experience a spinal cord injury. The nerves that carry information between the brain and the body and send signals to you about where your body is in space are located in your spine. When cars collide, it is possible for these nerves to be damaged.
If you are riding a car and the car crashes, your body suddenly stops going forward but the inertia keeps you moving. The part of your body with the most mass will stop first, and if that’s your legs, then that means your femur can break. It can also happen to other bones in the leg and arms.
Cuts and bruises
Cuts and bruises are common in car crashes. Whether it is a piece of glass embedded in your skin or you hit your head on the steering wheel, they can cause more damage than you know. Be sure to always seek medical attention following a car crash, even if you feel fine at the time.