Countless motorists walk away from car accidents without getting hurt every day here in California. Others may suffer minor injuries. A small handful die. Those motorists who are lucky enough to survive the most severe crashes often receive catastrophic injuries that change their lives forever.
Understanding more about the dangers of a severe wreck can help you stay more conscious of safety issues and take steps to protect yourself. Here are some of the most common serious injuries after a car crash.
High-speed crashes are the one type of accident that most commonly result in a motorist suffering head injuries. Some of the most catastrophic traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur when a vehicle occupant strikes their head on the dashboard, an adjacent window, or their car’s steering wheel. Brain injuries can leave a person with lasting behavioral and cognitive impairments.
Spinal cord injuries
While any back injury can be debilitating, a spinal cord injury can leave an individual with an inability to move their limbs voluntarily. A motorist’s speeding is often responsible for someone suffering this type of injury. There are both complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries. The latter may leave a motorist with complete paralysis below their injury site.
Many medical analysts describe the sudden shaking of a person’s neck or head from front to back in a rear-end crash as a whiplash. Such force can cause both muscle and ligament damage, resulting in temporary vocal cord paralysis.
Blunt force chest trauma
It’s potentially catastrophic anytime a motorist suffers blunt force trauma. Your lungs may collapse, you may fracture your pelvis or ribs, suffer organ damage resulting in internal bleeding or cardiac arrest.
Your right to recover compensation in your California auto accident case
It can be a battle to get fair compensation for your injuries and losses after a serious wreck. Working with an experienced attorney is the best way to protect your rights — and your future.