For most people, the thought of getting into a car accident during their daily commute is enough to make them cringe. This can be further complicated by the costs associated with hospitalization or catastrophic injuries and mental distress. Some injuries are hard to define, but usually include a wide range of ailments. Below is a compilation of the most commonly reported injuries caused by car accidents:
1. Broken Bones
One of the most common car accident injuries is broken bones. Broken bones occur when trauma causes the bones in your body to suddenly crack or fracture. This can be caused by impact with another vehicle, impact with a fixed object, or even impact with another person in your vehicle (as a passenger). The most common locations where broken bones occur are in your legs, arms, and neck.
2. Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury to the brain caused by a violent blow to the head. This can be caused by being involved in a car accident when not wearing a seatbelt or colliding with the steering wheel or dashboard inside of the car. If your brain is injured by a TBI you might experience a seizure, unconsciousness, amnesia, blacking out, or even lose consciousness. People with TBI are more likely to have long-term seizures and chronic pain even after the immediate effects of their injury have subsided.
3. Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury (SCI) is an injury or damage to the spinal cord. The spinal cord is the main nerve tract that connects the brain to other parts of the body. The most common injury to the spinal cord is a bruise to the spinal cord. A bruise can cause some loss of sensation, weakness, and motor control in your arms and legs. The more severe injuries occur when the spinal cord is completely severed or there is a complete severing of nerve tissue. The most severe SCIs are usually accompanied by paralysis below the point of injury, loss of bowel and bladder control, and inability to breathe without assistance.
A laceration is a wound that involves tearing of the skin. This can be caused by glass fragments, metal fragments, or even another person who was either in your vehicle with you or passing by in another car. Lacerations are usually accompanied by internal bleeding and require immediate medical attention to prevent death.
A concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can cause the brain to shake around inside the skull cavity. The effects of a concussion can range from mild to extremely serious, and can even cause death. If you are involved in a car accident and suffer a concussion you should seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of a concussion include short-term memory loss, depression, drowsiness, nausea, headaches, and difficulty concentrating.
6. Internal Bleeding
Internal bleeding is an injury that occurs when the muscles or the body’s organs are torn inside the abdomen or chest cavity. The most common location this occurs is the stomach area, followed by the chest cavity. Internal bleeding can be fatal if it occurs in the lung or heart. There are also a variety of other causes of internal bleeding, including accidents involving stabbing and slashing weapons.
With whatever injury you are suffering from, you should hire a personal injury lawyer to deal with these kinds of accidents.
Road crashes are an all-too-common, irreversible result of human error. A study published in the journal “Traffic Injury Prevention” found that a pothole on an average road could cause around 100 crashes a year. These unfortunate incidents can result in serious injuries, fatalities, and property damage. One way to reduce these incidents is through the implementation of infrastructure improvements. In order to do this effectively, however, it is important that the costs of construction are minimized and that the benefits outweigh the losses.
The optimal solution to road crashes is to minimize the occurrence and severity of accidents by using the most efficient methods possible. Unfortunately, many people are not aware of such methods. When it comes to construction accident lawyers, it is common knowledge that a pothole will cause problems for car tires and can possibly lead to an accident. Ideally, preventing potholes and other problematic road surfaces will prevent accidents from occurring. This is not always the case, however. It would be an inefficient use of funds to replace every road surface that is slightly problematic to avoid accidents. The funds can be better spent on improving the efficiency of cars so accidents can be avoided more easily or preventing people from causing accidents through safe-driving courses or other methods.
Road Crashes: Predictable And Preventable
Road crashes are an inevitable part of everyday life. But there’s a lot we can do to prevent them. But our road safety efforts have saved the lives of over twenty thousand Canadians in the last five years, and we can do even more in the years ahead. There are certain preventable causes of crashes that you can do something about. Even when you have a crash, careful driving can help avoid serious injury or even death.
If you use alcohol, drugs, or even over-the-counter medicines before driving, you are putting yourself and other road users in danger. Research shows that after drinking alcohol, a person’s ability to drive safely is affected for several hours afterward. The same is true for many illegal drugs. Medicines also affect your ability to drive safely. Know the effects of the drugs you’re taking and stay within legal limits before you drive.
Drive defensively, because other drivers may be drunk, drugged, or driving carelessly. Watch out for children playing in the street and pedestrians who are either crossing the road or may suddenly walk into your path. Check your environment before changing lanes or merging, by looking in your rearview mirror first. Watch out for children darting out from between parked cars, or cars pulling out from side streets and driveways.
The purpose of this paper is to provide information that will help you stay safe when driving, particularly in an urban area. I hope this information will help you understand how to avoid road crashes and how to take appropriate measures should you be involved in one. Remember, taking responsibility for your own safety is the first step in preventing a car accident. So please always drive carefully and follow all rules of the road.
Road Construction Law Firm can help you if you were injured in a construction zone accident or anything else on the job that caused you injuries. Having a personal injury lawyer representing you can make all the difference in the world when it comes to being compensated for your injuries, lost wages, medical bills, and any other expenses related to your injuries or suffering.