We understand the toll that car accidents can have on your life. Bringing a variety of different injuries and a need for compensation to get back on your feet on an emotional level and a financial level, car accidents truly wreak havoc in your life and are totally unexpected in many cases. Because we want you to understand how serious car accidents are, today we’ll take a look at some of the common types of accidents you may experience as well as what can be done to prevent them, and injuries that play a role in many car accident cases every year.
No two car accidents are the same. Though some types of car accidents happen more commonly than others, such as rear-end and T-bone incidents, the circumstances that led to the accident tend to be very different. Today we will look at the types of injuries that commonly occur in car accidents.
Brain/Head Injuries: Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are very common in car accidents, as there is a great likelihood that your head will be hit by an object in the collision, especially in a violent manner. The symptoms you experience from TBI could be moderate to severe. One of the most harrowing facts about these injuries is that they are usually not seen on the surface. Because you never know what’s going on inside, it’s always important to seek medical treatment if you believe your head has been hit.
Whiplash: One of the most common neck injuries is whiplash from your head moving back and forth in a jolting manner. However, you could also sustain more serious injuries to the neck like a cervical dislocation.
Spinal Cord Injuries: Damage to the spinal cord can occur quite easily when displaced bone fragments or ligaments bruise or tear. This can lead to a loss of function or feeling.
Facial Injuries: Injuries to the face can appear if you hit the steering wheel, side window, and many other areas in your vehicle. You may experience bruises, lacerations, fractures, and even dental injuries.
Psychological Injuries: Physical injuries aren’t the only types of injuries a car accident might inflict. You may also experience a wide array of psychological issues due to your accident, from PTSD to emotional distress and anxiety. This can have a huge impact on your everyday life.
Types of Accidents
There are some accident types that are more common than others as well. Here are a few of them:
Rear-Enders: These accidents happen when a car collides into the back of your vehicle. These accidents are very common, encompassing 29% of all car accidents. In most of these cases, a driver was driving distracted. This is why it always pays to be aware of your surroundings and ensure that there is no texting and driving.
Side-Impact: These accidents account for 27% of deaths in motor vehicle accident cases. They are commonly referred to as “T-bone” accidents, where one car hits another on the side. They can be prevented if the typical rules of the road are followed at all times, from looking both ways for oncoming cars to ensuring that red lights and stop signs are consistently utilized.
Hydroplaning: Hydroplaning takes place when a car’s speed increases and water cannot be pushed out of the way, which means that a driver can lose control of their vehicle easily. To avoid hydroplaning, drivers should always drive slowly during rainstorms, especially in areas where there are large puddles.
Car accidents happen every hour of every day, but that doesn’t mean that certain accidents can’t be prevented. Have you been involved in a car accident and wonder where you can turn for help? We can help you with every aspect of your case. Call us today at JD Haas & Associates for more information.