Most Americans don’t perceive driving as risky, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that nearly three million Americans suffer injuries from car accidents every year. Injuries can range from mild to life-threatening depending on a number of factors such as traveling speed, the number of vehicles involved, each car’s safety features, whether the passengers were wearing seat-belts and the circumstances of the collision. Motor vehicle collisions frequently cause both penetrating and impact injuries. Impact injuries occur when the passenger makes impact with the interior of the car, whereas a penetrating injury causes cuts and scrapes.
The most common types of car accident injuries include soft tissue damage, cuts, or injuries in the head, chest, arm and leg areas. Almost everyone has heard of the term whiplash, and that’s because it is one of the most commonly sustained injuries in a crash. Whiplash is a soft tissue injury to the neck and upper back that is caused by the sudden back and forth motion in an accident. Objects within the vehicle may also hit your body during a collision, and this often results in scrapes and cuts. The drastic and unnatural motions of a car crash can cause severe head, arm, leg or chest injuries due to impact with the car’s interior. It’s crucial to ensure you aren’t experiencing signs of a concussion when your head collides with a window, door or other hard surface. Chest injuries, including broken ribs, may form because of the seat belt’s position or impact with the steering wheel.
While many injuries will be immediately apparent after an accident, some very serious conditions may take weeks or months to manifest. The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Silverman & Roedel have dedicated over 37 years to seeking justice for clients injured in motor vehicle accidents. To learn more about how we can help you seek financial compensation for your injuries, contact us at 973-772-6411.
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