Car accidents are the most common type of events which trigger personal injury cases. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, during 2014, there were over 237,000 people injured in motor vehicle crashes in the state of Texas. These personal injuries ranged from minor to serious. Let’s look at a few of the more common injuries seen as a result of car accidents.
External injuries to the skin
Gouges and tears in the skin can occur during the trauma of a car accident. Scrapes and bruises are also very common. Most of these personal injuries are minor. However, in some cases, the damage can be extensive and may leave severe scarring. These types of extensive personal injuries need careful attention to prevent long-term consequences.
Sprains, tears, and fractures are the more common personal injuries sustained to the hands, feet, arms, and legs from a car accident. In some cases, the entire limb is severed from the body. Many of these personal injuries are extremely serious and can have lifelong consequences that affect the victim and his or her family.
Car accidents often occur quickly and without any warning. The impact of the crash can cause the neck and head to whip around violently. A common result of this violent motion is whiplash. This type of personal injury involves stretches and tears in the neck and upper shoulders. These tears can cause intense pain that can last for months or years.
Internal soft tissue injuries
The impact of a car accident can also cause internal personal injuries to the abdomen. Bruising and even punctures can occur in this part of the body. Injuries to the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, stomach and intestines can be very serious, especially if left untreated. It is important to have a thorough physical after being in a car accident.
Head trauma and brain injury
Head and brain trauma can occur when the head accelerates and bounces around during a car accident. The brain tissue can hit the inside of the skull, tearing and bruising. The vessels, which bring blood to the brain, can burst and start bleeding. The brain can then swell, due to the trauma from the car accident, putting further pressure on the delicate brain tissue. The results can be minor, or they can extremely severe, causing permanent disability.
Are you in need of a personal injury attorney?
No personal injury caused during a car accident should be ignored. What may appear to be a minor injury could end up being very serious, especially if left untreated. Receiving just compensation from the offending driver is only fair due to the pain and suffering you are going through due to his or her negligence.
The first step after being in a car accident that has left you injured is to visit a doctor or hospital. If you find yourself in need of a personal injury attorney in the Texas or Oklahoma areas, contact Attorney Dean Boyd. You can call us at (806) 242-3333 or Contact Us by email for information about your free consultation and our services. You can also visit us in person to meet with a personal injury attorney at 4423 SW 45th Ave in Amarillo, Texas or 10623 Quaker Ave #102 in Lubbock, Texas.