The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that “more than 2.5 million people went to hospital emergency departments…nearly 200 000 admitted due to motor vehicle crash injuries in 2012”. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports “… 3 million drivers and passengers will be injured in a car accident.” Car accidents result in a number of injuries that range from minor to severe depending on a number of factors. Some factors may include where you sit in the vehicle, the type of accident that occurs or the vehicles’ speed.
Car accidents result in a number of injuries and 9 times out of 10 those injured require an emergency room. Victims may get minor injuries like scrapes and bruises which can be simply caused by being hit by sunglasses. While others may suffer serious injuries that cause paralysis, paraplegia or quadriplegia. In addition, it is common for two people involved in the same accident to have one with minor injuries. While the other suffers serious life-threatening injuries.
Car Accident Related Injuries
One article stated that; “Car accidents are often linked with physical injuries such as broken bones. However, it is common for fires stemming from a car wreck to release chemicals resulting in exposure to hazardous materials. Such exposure to hazardous chemicals may weaken the breathing system of victims. Burn injuries from a fire could also cause nerve damage and permanent scarring.”
As with any medical condition injuries suffered as a result of a car accident are categorized as per the area on the body. E.g. arm and leg injuries, referred to as limb injuries, may result in broken bones and ligaments, tendons, muscle trauma. In severe cases one or more limbs may need to be amputated resulting in a life altering injury. Some common injuries are chest injuries caused by an airbag opening out or a victim being thrown from the vehicle. This may cause broken ribs or internal injuries, organ damage or internal bleeding.
Proving injuries is necessary when filing a personal injury claim. However, the seriousness of your injuries determine how much compensation you get.