Car accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries and deaths on our roadways across the U.S. Every day, people are hospitalized following serious accidents and many others will never make it home from their road trips. As a result, it is a good idea to understand what some of the most catastrophic injuries are that happen on our roads every year. If you have sustained one of these injuries, you can get a better idea of how long-term they tend to be and what you should expect over the life of your injury.
Injuries That Tend to Be Long-Term
Some accidents are more likely to result in long-term, lasting injuries, some of which might also be permanent. Here are some of the permanent injuries that happen every year:
Back and Neck Injuries: Back injuries can become one of the most painful, lasting injuries that you will ever experience. Many people who receive back injuries will suffer from herniated discs or bulging discs that are only repaired when the patient undergoes surgery, which can leave a damper on your life. These injuries are most likely to take place following a rear-end accident when somebody strikes your vehicle from behind. Discs could slip out of place and cause nerve damage over time, which is why it is never a good idea to let these injuries go.
Neck injuries can easily occur as well. In fact, many people every year will suffer from whiplash, one of the most common injuries that occur when your neck and head are sent snapping back and forth following a collision. You might feel a bit of pain after your accident and even more when the excitement of the accident wears off.
TBIs: Many people receive traumatic brain injuries every year in car accidents, which can lead to physical and mental trauma that will follow you through your life. You could be feeling the impact of your injury for life, which means that it could be difficult to return to work or afford your bills.
Lower Extremity Injuries: Many people will receive these types of injuries when organs are crushed in the event of an accident. This could lead to severe organ damage that could lead to a fatality or lead to permanent nerve damage.
Deadly Accidents on Our Roadways
Some accidents are more prone to being deadly than others. For instance, head-on collisions are some of the deadliest accidents we see. These accidents are made even more deadly when somebody accidentally crosses the line and strikes a vehicle head-on traveling intoxicated or at top speeds. Rollover accidents also tend to be extremely violent, as you could be tossed around inside your vehicle. This is especially true for those who are not wearing their seatbelt at the time, which could cause a driver or passenger to be ejected from the vehicle with force. Lastly, side-impact collisions could lead to deadly results if the other vehicle involved strikes your vehicle on your side or a passenger’s side. There is no telling how forcefully the vehicle will strike.
After an accident, you have many large decisions to make. At Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner, we want to reiterate the importance of having an attorney on your side if you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in an accident that you believe could have been prevented. If a negligent party stands at the forefront of your case and you wonder what you can do moving forward, we want to speak with you immediately to help you get started on working toward compensation that could make you feel whole again. Call us today at (304) 713-2014 to find out how we can assist you at this time.
Note: This post was created with the help of secondary sources operating independently from Katz, Kantor, Stonestreet & Buckner Law Firm. The information used from these sources has not been independently confirmed by our staff. If anything included in these posts is incorrect, please inform us and we will promptly correct the post.
Disclaimer: Our intent with these posts is to honor the victims of these terrible accidents and inform the public about how to avoid these accidents and what to do in the event of one. This information should not be considered legal or medical advice.