According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death among individuals living in the United States. At least one individual dies as a result of a motor vehicle accident every sixteen minutes. In total, over 30,000 motor vehicle related fatalities occur every year. In addition, statistics published by the CDC in 2011 report that over 2.6 million adults visit emergency rooms throughout the country every year in order to receive treatment for injuries brought on by motor vehicle accidents. Economically speaking, motor vehicle related fatalities and injuries cost an estimated $90 billion annually. This includes the cost of medical care, rehabilitation, and lost wages.
When a motor vehicle accident occurs, an individual may be inflicted with a variety of injuries. The type and severity of the injuries will depend on various factors. However, some of the most common injuries include:
Brain/ Head Injuries: Individuals who are involved in motor vehicle accidents are at risk of sustaining brain and head injuries because the collisions’ impact can cause an individual’s brain to move around their skull. For example, mild concussions and traumatic brain injury can occur when an individual is involved in a motor vehicle accident.
Neck Injuries: Similarly, the jostling back and forth that happens during a motor vehicle accident can cause neck injury. Most individuals have at least heard of someone suffering from whiplash after a collision. In addition, an individual may sustain more serious injuries such as, cervical radiculopathy or disc injury.
Back Injuries: Collisions can cause many different kinds of back problems. These injuries range from sprained muscles, fractured bones, slipped discs, injury to the lumbar spine, and thoracic spine injury.
In addition, individuals who are involved in motor vehicle accidents may sustain face injuries such as, scrapes, bruises, lacerations or dental injuries as a result of shattered glass and the impact of airbags and other objects.
Furthermore, when an individual is involved in a motor vehicle accident, they may sustain psychological injuries. The likelihood of this occurring is increased when the individual witness another person die or sustain serious injury as a result of the accident.
In many cases, the symptoms of injuries, even severe injuries, are not immediately apparent. For this reason, it is important for individuals who are involved in motor vehicle accidents to seek medical attention as soon as possible. In addition, it is important to document as much as possible at the scene of the accident, even when injuries and damages seem minor. This includes exchanging insurance information, and taking photographs at the scene of the accident.
If you or a loved one are injured in a motor vehicle accident, you should contact an attorney immediately. An experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer will be able to review the facts of your case and to provide specific advice and guidance to help you achieve the results you deserve.