Motor vehicle accidents are one of the top three reasons persons across the United States visit the emergency room. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) more than 2.2 million people were injured in the 5.3 million collisions reported throughout the country.
In fact, a 2009 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey notes that more than 3.19 million people visited the emergency room for motor vehicle traffic-related incident, while more than 84,000 people were injured in car wrecks and 14% of these injuries were serious enough to incapacitate the individual.
Have you or someone you love been injured in an auto accident that was caused by another driver? Have you considered filing a damages lawsuit?
At The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, our highly trained auto accident lawyers have decades of experience and proven results. We offer 100% FREE case reviews to help determine the merits of your claim and we only get paid when we win.
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Types of Car Crashes
There are many types of car accident injuries a person may sustain and it can often depend on the types of vehicles involved and the collision that occurred. There are many factors that can determine if a wreck was minor or very serious.
Some common kinds of car accidents include:
- Side-Impact (T-Bone) Collisions
- Read-End Crash
- Truck Underride
- Jackknife Accident
Truck accidents are more likely to lead to serious injuries as trucks can often weigh more than double that of a regular-sized vehicle. Cargo being carried can also lead to further injuries or accidents involving more than two vehicles.
Types of Car Accident Injuries
Specifically there are hundreds of different types of car accident injuries, however most of these injuries can fall into certain categories.
If a driver hits their head on the steering wheel or a passenger comes into contact with the dashboard, they will likely experience some types of head trauma. Injuries may include concussion, lacerations, or traumatic brain injury. In fact, more than 500,000 persons visited the ER for traumatic brain injury in 2009.
In a car, a person’s face is fully exposed to all the elements within the vehicle including glass, cargo, and the vehicle structure. A person may experience bruising, cuts, corneal abrasions, broken bones, and further facial damage.
The orthopedic system encompasses much of the body and includes bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. These parts of the body, when exposed to trauma, can tear, becoming strained, or shift out of place. Some common orthopedic injuries include herniated disc, bursitis, broken bones, and spinal cord damage.
Loss of Limb
More serious collisions, particularly those involving a motorcycle or truck, could lead to the loss of a limb.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a common type of car accident injuries as accident victims may have flashbacks of the incident or experience anxiety when stepping into a vehicle. A person may also suffer psychologically due to the injuries they have sustained.
The peripheral nervous system is a sensitive system that can easily be damaged during a collision and there are more than 100 different types of nerve damage. This type of injury could lead to muscle twitching, loss of feeling, weakness, and paralysis.
Each person is different and no two persons will suffer from the same types of injuries in a car wreck. If you’ve been involved in a car accident always seek medical attention to diagnose your injuries. There are many injuries, such as traumatic brain injury and psychological damage that cannot necessarily be seen with the naked eye.
Injured In A Crash? Contact our Car Accident Attorneys Today
If you are involved in a collision seeking medical attention can not only assist you in the recovering from your injuries it can also document your injuries if you intend to file a claim against the negligent party that caused your accident. At The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, we can help you fight for the justice you deserve.
For more than a decade we have been representing accident injury victims throughout the Southern Illinois and Eastern Missouri areas and can help you or your loves ones who have been hurt in an accident. We have several offices located in Illinois and Missouri and are proud to serve the following areas:
- St. Louis
…and many more local neighborhoods. Contact us at (217) 394-5885 to find out how we can help you fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation you deserve.