The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that there are nearly six million car accidents in the United States every year. Of these collisions, more than 30,000 result in fatal injuries, while an additional 1.5 million cause a variety of injuries ranging from minor to catastrophic.
External Injuries Caused by Car Crashes
When classifying injuries, doctors consider them to be either internal or external. Examples of internal injuries are traumatic brain injury, ruptured spleen, or bleeding within a body cavity. While internal injuries sometimes go unnoticed at a crash scene, external injuries are hard to miss. These types of impact-related external injuries include:
- Bruising and swelling. The impact force of the collision as well as being knocked around within your car can cause massive bruising, swelling, and muscle soreness.
- Broken bones. Severe impact forces can easily snap and chip bones. These injuries are visibly identifiable due to rapid swelling and the potential for the bone to protrude through the skin.
- Cuts, lacerations, and open wounds. Shattered glass, metal shards, and impact force can cause cuts, lacerations, and gouges in your skin that can bleed heavily. The severity of these cuts depends on the depth of the laceration as well as location. Nicked or severed arteries can cause excessive bleeding which, if not treated immediately, could result in death from loss of blood.
- Burns. Car fires and friction can cause metal to heat rapidly and scorch your skin, causing pain and leaving permanent scars.
- Head injuries. Impact force can cause cuts, bruising, and swelling of the head which could be indicative of brain injuries. Make sure you have the external wounds closely examined by a professional to rule out brain damage.
- Amputations. Jagged and mangled metal, broken glass, and grinding force could cause limbs to be severed from your body.
The Support You Need to Pick Yourself Back Up
Collision treatments can be painful to both you and your checkbook. However, when you're injured as a result of someone else's carelessness, you may be entitled to injury compensation. If you're a victim of a serious injury caused by someone else's negligence contact us today for a free consultation. We'll not only help you file your claim, but we'll fight to make sure you get the settlement your accident and injuries deserve. Don't hesitate a moment longer. Call now to get the support and advice you deserve.