Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that auto accidents are the leading cause of injury in the United States. What injuries are victims most likely to sustain, what does the recovery process look like, and what might an injured party be entitled to receive in compensation for the injuries that they experience? The following information examines the answers to these questions, and it provides some important details to help you increase your chances of full and fair compensation after a crash.
Most Commonly Sustained Injuries in an Auto Accident
Although injuries can range widely from one crash to the next, some injuries are far more common than others. These include:
- Head injuries (otherwise known as traumatic brain injury, or TBI),
- Disc and spinal injuries,
- Soft tissue injuries (such as sprains and strains),
- Abdominal injuries,
- Broken bones,
- Facial disfigurement, and
Since some of these injuries can be fatal, it is critical that victims seek medical treatment as soon as possible, even if they do not experience symptoms, as some may be delayed because of the rush of adrenaline that tends to occur during and immediately after a crash.
The Relationship Between Crash Type and Injury Type
Injuries sustained in a crash often correlate with the type of crash that a victim experiences. For example, studies show that whiplash and facial injuries are most common in rear-end accidents. Head injuries are most frequently seen in side-impact crashes and rear end crashes. Soft tissue injuries and broken bones tend to occur most often in accidents that involve a crushing of the car (and that can include side-impact crashes as well as head-on collisions). Abdominal injuries are most frequently seen in high-impact crashes, such as a head-on collision. Disc and spinal injuries may be seen in almost any type of accident, but they are still most frequent in rear-end collisions and head-on crashes because these accidents tend to cause traction on the spine.
Pursuing Fair Compensation for Your Accident-Related Injuries
When crash-related injuries result in medical expenses, loss of wages, or otherwise interfere with a victim’s day-to-day life, they have the right to pursue fair compensation. Unfortunately, the claims process can be both complex and lengthy, and victims are usually at a significant disadvantage when trying to negotiate with the insurance companies. Do not fight alone. Instead, contact Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., where your best interests are the top priority. Our Green Bay car crash injury lawyers fight for the most favorable outcome in every case. Call 920-739-7366 and schedule your free consultation to get started today.