When you climb into your car to go somewhere, the thought that you might be involved in a traffic crash probably never occurs to you. Nobody likes to think about traffic accidents, and few of us expect to be in one. Yet, according to the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT), 2.35 million Americans are injured or disabled in car accidents every year. Thirty-seven thousand people die.
Because of their weight, size and the speeds that they can travel, crashing automobiles can inflict devastating injuries on soft human bodies. No part of the body is safe when it comes to car wrecks, but what are some of the most common traffic accident injuries?
The spinal cord is a long bundle of tissue and spinal nerves. Interlocking bones, the vertebrae, and discs between the bones protect the spinal cord. The blow the body receives in an accident can dislocate discs, fracture or compress vertebrae, cause spinal cord swelling or bleeding and more. Damage to the spinal cord can result in temporary or permanent loss of function or feeling.
If a person’s head violently hits the steering wheel, side door or another part of the vehicle during an accident, the injuries are often debilitating. Even if there are no visible head injuries, the force of an accident can shake the brain inside the skull, causing swelling, bleeding or bruising. Traumatic brain injuries can take days to appear but last a lifetime.
Injuries to the face occur when the force of an accident slams a car occupant’s head against the dashboard, airbag, car seat, windshield or steering wheel. These injuries include contusions, cuts and fractures.
Chest injuries range from bruises and muscle strains to broken ribs, which can puncture the lungs or other internal organs. This damage usually happens when the driver’s chest hits the steering wheel or a passenger is restricted by a seat belt.
These are just a few of the injuries that vehicle occupants can suffer in an accident. If you have been in a traffic crash in D.C., Maryland or Virginia, then please contact us. Call us at 844-Take-MyCase or visit our website at www.844TakeMyCase.com. Please visit our Facebook page and like it. Tell your friends about our Facebook page, and if you like, leave a message or Share this Facebook post!