Too many innocent victims of automobile accidents suffer life-altering injuries or die every day due to driver negligence, and sadly, the problem is getting worse. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), deaths in traffic accidents were up 7.7 percent in 2015 from 2014 with approximately 35,200 fatalities. Georgia is in a region with an even higher increase—14 percent. If you are the victim of a car wreck on one of the Atlanta area’s congested roads or highways, you may need to hold the negligent driver liable for compensating you for your medical bills, lost wages, and the emotional trauma you suffered as a result of your injuries.
What Types of Injuries Do Auto Accident Victims Suffer?
A person can injure any part of his body in a car crash, so there are many, many injuries he could suffer. However, there are some common ones victims typically suffer, which include the following:
- Brain and head injuries. One of the most common injuries people suffer is a closed head injury that can range from a mild concussion to traumatic brain injury. Even a light jolt to the head in a rear-end collision can cause the victim to develop a serious traumatic brain injury that can cause life-long changes to his emotional, reasoning, and thinking abilities, hearing, vision, and more.
- Neck injuries. Neck injuries such as whiplash and other soft tissue injuries to the tendons, muscles, and ligaments are common and can cause long-term pain. More serious problems include disc injury and cervical dislocation.
- Spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries can be especially severe because they can cause permanent nerve damage. This can result in the person feeling less sensation and having less mobility in their arms, hands, feet, legs, and other parts of their bodies. In the most serious cases, the victim could become partially or completely paralyzed.
- Back injuries. Sprains, strains, herniated discs, and fractures are some of the back injuries that accident victims must deal with. Often they need long-term medications, physical therapy, and surgery to repair the damage and manage the pain.
- Facial injuries. A person can slam his face into the steering wheel, dashboard, door, window, or airbag in a crash. This can result in bone fractures, cuts, bruises, lacerations, eye damage and vision loss, serious dental injuries, and permanent scarring.
- Internal injuries. Internal injuries can often be life-threatening and could include damage to the kidneys, spleen, liver, lungs, heart, or intestines. Broken ribs are also common and can lead to more serious damage like a punctured lung.
- Psychological damage. Auto accidents can be terrifying and a victim can suffer emotional distress and psychological trauma—even more likely if the victim suffered serious injuries or someone else died. In severe cases, a person could develop debilitating symptoms like those associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Factors That Influence the Severity of a Victim’s Injuries
A number of factors could result in victims suffering more serious injuries. Some of these include:
- Was the victim wearing a seat belt?
- Did the person get hit from the rear, head-on, or side?
- Was the victim looking straight ahead or was his head turned in a certain direction?
- What was the speed of the vehicles involved in the crash when the accident occurred?
- Did the auto have airbags? Did they deploy?
However, just because the crash seemed minor, it does not mean that the victims will not suffer long-term injuries like traumatic brain injury. In addition, some people may not realize they were injured right away. This is because adrenaline could mask the pain or the symptoms could take days or week to develop.
Were you or a loved one injured in a car crash? Did a negligent driver cause your injuries?
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