Cars, vans, minivans, pickup trucks, and SUVs are only a few of the myriad choices in vehicles a driver has. Regardless of the particular vehicle driven, when used in tandem with Pennsylvania’s robust network of local streets, roads, highways, and freeways a personal vehicle permits an individual to live further from where they work and to devote less time to transportation. In light of your reduced travel time you may engage in more leisure activities for yourself or your family or you may adopt additional hobbies and pastimes. This would not be possible without the convenience provided by personal motor vehicles.
However, there is a downside to the convenience provided by cars and trucks. Aside from the general cost and expense of maintaining such a vehicle, the most concerning aspect of driving or traveling in a vehicle is the risk of a serious collision that inflicts severe, life-altering injury or even death.
What types of injuries can Occur in a Car Crash?
Unfortunately the types of injuries that can occur in a car accident are both as varied as they are of pressing and urgent concern. The truth of the matter is that every car accident is unique and it is in how the unique forces act that determines that type of injuries that are likely to be sustained. How the forces act on the driver and any passengers is based on the speed of travel, the angle of impact, the type of collision, the type of vehicle, and a number of other related factors.
For instance, one of the most serious types of injuries one can suffer is a traumatic brain injury or TBI. Since the brain is the control center of the body, any damage to the brain or its structures can have profound limiting effects on any of the body’s organs or symptoms. Potential effects of a TBI injury include difficulty in adjusting to social situations, increased aggression, rapid mood swings, and other social effects. Other people who suffer a brain injury may experienced other cognitive deficits which may cause reduced information processing abilities necessitating coping strategies like chunking of information. Other problems that may result include confusion, nausea, and many other serious effects.
Another serious injury that can occur in a violent car accidents are broken or fractured bones. Broken bones invariably take a long time to recover from and can require significant amounts of rehabilitative therapy. While all breaks are serious injuries, some breaks are particularly serious even in this category of serious injuries. For instance, a particularly violent accident may result in multiple breaks. Other situations may result breaks that puncture or Pierce through the skin. Extreme forces may even result in the near disintegration of the bone.
Burn injuries can also occur as the result of a serious car accident. In some accidents the fuel line or the fuel tank may be damaged. In some cases, a spark or other fire may ignite the fuel. If the driver or passengers are trapped in the vehicle or rendered unconscious, severe life-threatening burns can occur. If the vehicle leaks chemicals or fluids following the crash, chemical burns can be suffered. In other scenarios pressure may build until such time where an explosion occurs. Explosions can cause the loss of a limb and hearing or vision damage. In some cases the explosion may launch shrapnel into the air that can injure or kill.
One last common injury suffered on car accidents are whiplash injuries. Whiplash injuries are extremely common and are, perhaps, the most commonly reported injury following any type of car accident or sudden jolt. Whiplash signs and symptoms can range from relatively mild to preventing a person from functioning and completing their daily activities and routine. Problems caused by whiplash can include confusion, nausea, disorientation, and many other effects. While whiplash can be treated, it can take months or years to make a full recovery.
Rely on Our Personal Injury Experience
The experienced car accident and personal injury attorneys of Reiff & Bily are dedicated to providing aggressive representation to recover compensation for your injuries. We understand that you are facing difficult circumstances including your need to recover from your injuries. Therefore, we stand up to the other party and their insurance company to achieve a favorable result for our clients. To schedule a free and confidential initial consultation call our firm at (215) 274-0072 today.