Car accidents are among the leading causes of injuries in the United States. Over 5 million car accidents are reported every year, with over 1.5 million cases leading to both minor and severe injuries. At least 30,000 of the accidents are fatal, while other victims are left to suffer catastrophic injuries. The economic damage left behind by these accidents is not only felt personally by victims and their families, but also economically. According to recent statistics, the economic losses brought about by car accidents in the United States is estimated to be $250 billion per year or around $900 per American.
While injuries following a Pearland car accident vary from case to case, there are some common ones that arise regardless of where or how the crash occurs. Also, not all wounds are noticeable at the time of the accident. Some conditions take days, weeks, or even months to develop signs and symptoms after an accident. For this reason, it’s always recommended that you seek immediate medical evaluation if something does not feel right and follow up with your doctor’s treatment plan. Your injuries may be minor or severe, and only time will tell. You can discuss some of the common auto wreck injuries with a seasoned car accident lawyer.
During impact, any loose objects inside the car such as glasses, cell phones, books, etc. become projectiles. As they are thrown about the interior, some of them may hit your body resulting in cuts and other injuries. Some of these cuts require no medical attention, but in case glass or metal is lodged inside your body, you may need immediate medical attention for removal. For example, serious deep cuts may cause blood loss, requiring immediate medical attention. One you have sought the appropriate medical care for your wounds, your next step should be calling a skilled attorney.
The same force that causes head injuries is often responsible for arm and leg injuries. You may fracture bones during impact, as there is often no room for easy movement at the time of the crash. Some of these injuries to the legs and arms fully recover over time, but others may be permanent and require a lifetime of pain management. Even if you think the damage to your limbs isn’t severe, contact an auto wreck lawyer to learn if you may be eligible for damages.
Chest injuries are very common in almost all types of car accidents in Pearland. Normally, chest injuries result from being knocked against metallic surfaces inside the car. They can be in the form of bruises and contusions, but for some victims, they may suffer broken ribs and internal injuries. Drivers are at more risk of suffering chest injuries owing to their sitting position behind the steering wheel, giving them less room for movement as the chest is knocked against the steering wheel.
Spine injuries can be mild or severe depending on several factors. While many are not immediately catastrophic, spine injuries can create pain and discomfort that may lower one’s quality of life. Discs, muscles, tendons, ligaments are the commonly affected parts when it comes to spine injuries. Any accident resulting in damage to your spinal cord is severe, which is why you should talk to an experienced attorney about pursuing a case.
Not all head injuries are catastrophic, but when your head is knocked against hard surfaces, you may have a reason to worry. A sudden impact with the steering wheel or side window can be catastrophic. Sadly, many head injuries suffered in Pearland car accidents are severe. Victims are forced to live with life-altering damages to the skull and brain. Economically, such injuries can be very demanding. The future medical bills for a traumatic brain injury can be in the millions of dollars.
Not all injuries are visible at the time of the auto accident, but you should still consult with a doctor. You may suffer internal bleeding without your knowledge, since in many cases, this type of harm is not immediately painful. Damage to the internal organs can be catastrophic. If not addressed on time, the victim may die or suffer permanent damage to the affected areas.
No matter the severity of your injuries, you deserve to be compensated for the negligence of others. However, not all responsible parties are always ready to own up their mistakes. For this reason, they may avoid meeting your compensation demands. But at Lone Star Injury Attorneys, our lawyers are dedicated to helping you recover damages for your injuries following a Pearland car accident. To speak with us, please call us or chat with us online to schedule a free case evaluation.