5 Common Types of Vehicle Accident Injuries
In personal injury cases, vehicle accidents include auto accidents, truck accidents, boat accidents, motorcycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents. Vehicle accidents occur for multiple reasons, including failing to follow road rules, intoxicated driving, faulty communication between drivers, dangerous road conditions, inadequate following distance, speeding, limited reaction time, distracted driving, teenage drivers, unsafe lane changes, wrong-way driving, improper turns, road rage, and street racing. Injuries caused from vehicle accidents range from minor to severe, and some injuries may begin appear days after the crash. To ensure your body is functioning optimally after an accident, see a medical professional as soon as you experience symptoms, post-accident. Keep records of all documentation that is recorded, including crash reports, police reports, and medical reports. All of the unsafe driver behaviors or driving conditions discussed above often result in vehicle accidents. The following 5 are the most common types of vehicle accident injuries.
Head and Brain Injuries
Head and brain injuries are typically the most severe, long-lasting injuries that result from vehicle collisions. Head and brain injuries include concussions, internal bleeding, skull fractures, or lacerations. Due to the severity of head and brain injuries, plastic surgery and other surgical procedures are often required to help vehicle accident victims recover from these detrimental injuries. After a vehicle accident, experts recommend undergoing testing, as head and brain injuries are internal, and symptoms may not appear until days after the incident.
Neck and Back Injuries
Neck and back injuries commonly impact the daily functioning of vehicle accident victims. Neck and back injuries include whiplash, herniated disks, spinal cord damage, sprains, and/or strains. Similar to head and brain injuries, neck and back injuries are often internal, and require testing for medical professional to view and classify such injuries. Neck and back injuries typically result in limited physical activity, which is a major sacrifice for active and athletic people who become involved in vehicle accidents.
Burns may be minor to severe, depending on how the burn occurred, and the accident conditions that caused a burn. Serious burns may require skin grafts, and may even result in permanent scarring.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries occur when muscles, ligaments, or tendons are stretched or torn in an accident. Soft tissue injuries can be massive and long-term.
If the spinal cord becomes damaged, depending on the extent of an injury, a loss or limitation of movement and sensation in the lower extremities may occur.
Broken bones can cause extreme pain, may require surgery to mend, and may take years to heal.
Vehicle accident injuries are typically painful, and may be long-term. In order to avoid becoming a vehicle accident victim, or harming others in a vehicle accident, various safety measures should be followed. Whether you are operating a car, a boat, a truck, a motorcycle, or even a ride, always pay attention. While driving a car, maintaining a safe following distance behind others, obey road rules, and prevent distracted driving altogether. As a pedestrian and biker, walk and ride in the marked crosswalk and biking lanes, and make contact with drivers to ensure that they see you. If you are involved and become injured during a vehicle accident, contact a personal injury attorney to discuss the potential compensation you may be entitled to. When hiring a personal injury attorney, look for an attorney with experience in vehicle accidents, and strong communication skills when explaining the process to you.
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