Which Injuries Often Happen in a Car Accident?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that over three million people are injured each year in motor vehicle accidents. The injuries produced by a car accident vary, but there are certain kinds of injuries that are more common than others. The damages that result from car accidents are enormous. An estimate is that the yearly cost of car crashes is about $897 per person living in the United States. There are certain injuries that often happen in car accidents in New York City, and victims usually can recover compensation for them. At Newman, Anzalone & Newman, LLP, our New York City car accident attorneys may be able to help you.
Car accident injuries can vary from crash to crash, depending on the speed, the force of the collision, the position of the people inside the cars, whether the victims were wearing seat-belts, where the car was hit, whether the victims' heads or bodies were turned in a particular direction or facing straight ahead, whether there were airbags, and other factors. Some injuries resolve quickly and without medical treatment. However, others may be quite serious and disabling. Generally, in New York, you can only go beyond your own no-fault insurance to sue another party if you have what are deemed serious injuries, or you exceed a threshold amount of economic damages.
Many serious injuries are impact injuries. These are caused when the force is such that some part of your body hits a part of the car's interior, such as your head hitting a side window or your chest hitting the wheel of the car. However, some serious injuries involve the penetration of foreign objects, such as broken glass.
Head injuries and trauma are among the most serious car accident injuries. Drivers and passengers who are involved in a high-speed collision may hit their heads against the window or the dashboards. This may result in traumatic brain injuries, such as a concussion, and it can also give rise to a coma or long-term disabilities. Sometimes lifelong care is required for serious brain injuries. Head injuries are also sometimes associated with vision or hearing loss.
Car accidents can result in a wide range of back injuries as well. Sometimes these are soft tissue injuries. However, if the spinal cord is affected, there can also be nerve pain, reduced sensation, or permanent paralysis. Disc herniation is a very common car accident injury. A bulging disc can impinge on a nerve, resulting in muscle weakness or spasms, arm or leg pain, numbness, or tingling.
Whiplash is another common injury. The force of the collision can cause the head and neck to suddenly snap forward and backward. For example, if a driver rear-ends you, your head and neck may snap forward and backward quickly and suddenly, causing significant neck muscle and ligament harm. Neck pain and swelling are also common in connection with whiplash.
Trauma can affect the chest. Common injuries include broken ribs and collapsed lungs. The chest trauma can trigger a traumatic cardiac arrest. In some cases, there is internal bleeding, which is why it is so important to seek out medical care immediately after a significant accident. Chest trauma can involve internal organ damage, pelvic damage, and abdominal harm.
It is also common to suffer injuries to appendages such as limbs, hands, feet, or arms. Broken bones and ligament strains are common types of injuries to limbs.
After a car accident involving serious injuries, it is normal to be emotionally distressed. There can be significant emotional scars, and if you witness someone else die in a car accident or suffer gruesome injuries, you may experience PTSD or other psychological injuries.
If you are involved in a car accident and have suffered any of the common car accident injuries, you should consult an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer. Newman, Anzalone & Newman, LLP provides aggressive legal representation in car accident cases. Our attorneys assist victims in Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island. Call us at 718-896-2700 or submit our online form.