Car accidents happen every day, injuring more than three million individuals a year across the country, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These accidents can inflict a wide range of injuries, from minor to severe and debilitating conditions that last a lifetime. Many elements factor into the type and severity of injury a person sustains in an accident, though some are more common than others.
Soft Tissue Injuries
This is the most common injury accident victims suffer and are often erroneously believed to be minor. However, soft tissue injuries can be serious, especially if the impact produces enough force to cause damage to the spine.
An injury many of us are probably familiar with is known as whiplash, which is a soft tissue injury that harms the neck and upper back. The muscles and ligaments are stretched as a result of the sudden movements imposed on the head and neck during the collision. A severe enough whiplash can even cause a traumatic brain injury, shaking the brain so violently in the skull that the victim might suffer a concussion.
Head injuries can occur from more than just whiplash. If a car suddenly stops or changes direction, an occupant’s head might hit the side window or the steering wheel. This can cause scrapes and bruising to the head, or deep lacerations. Symptoms of head injuries are not always immediately apparent in the aftermath of an accident, so it is crucial to seek medical attention as soon as possible to receive a proper diagnosis and ensure treatment is administered before a condition can worsen.
Arm and Leg Injuries
Just as the unexpected force of a collision can throw a person’s head about in a vehicle, this force can similarly produce the same effects on the arms and legs. An occupant’s arms and legs might get thrown against the door or dashboard, leading to bruises, scrapes, and even breaks.
Regardless if you believe an accident is minor, always make sure to seek medical attention. You might feel fine at first, but the effects of an accident sometimes take days, weeks, even months to appear. Seek medical treatment early and you might be able to minimize the chance of any permanent damage.
Auto Accident Attorneys in Alaska
If you were injured in an auto accident, The Law Offices of David Henderson can help provide sound legal advice and help you obtain maximum compensation for your injuries. You do not have to remain a victim any longer. I will guide you through each step of the process, from ascertaining insurance coverage to determining fault and negotiating a settlement.
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