On average, there are more than 6 million car accidents in the United States every single year so it isn’t unusual for 3 million people to be injured this way annually. Car accidents are exceedingly common. If you are going to be on the road as a driver or passenger, you need to understand the statistics surrounding these accidents and your risk levels.
Below is an overview of the most common injuries caused by car accidents, followed by a suggestion for how you can protect yourself and prevent that injury.
- Bruising & Contusions. When a car comes to a sudden stop, you are likely to move within your seat and knock up against your seatbelt and your vehicle’s interior. This can lead to blunt force trauma that causes injuries like bruising. These injuries are challenging to prevent. The best thing you can do is to drive at the speed limit. The faster you are driving at the time of a collision, the more sudden the stop, and the more trauma your body will sustain.
- Neck/Back injuries. When your body jerks suddenly due to a collision, it can harm your neck and your back. To prevent a severe neck or back injury, always leave your headrests in place. Do not remove them before driving. They are meant to protect your head from whipping backward in the event of a collision.
- PTSD. Car accidents can easily lead to mental strife. It is difficult to prevent this type of trauma, but you can mitigate its effects by seeking therapy after being involved in a serious or traumatizing accident.
- Concussions. This type of head trauma is often the result of blunt force trauma to the head. To avoid slamming your head against the windshield, always wear your seatbelt securely.
If you or a loved one are injured in a car accident, contact Herrera Law for help and representation. We are here to support you on your journey to recovery. Do not wait until you are fully healed to pursue legal action. Call us today, and we can handle your lawsuit from start to finish.