While motor vehicles may be ubiquitous in society today, autos are more than just tools that transport humans from place to place: they are dangerous machines that, when negligently operated, lead to tens of thousands of injuries and deaths per year in the United States.
While things like seatbelts and airbags can help to reduce the risk of injury, most crashes result in some type of occupant harm, even if minor. Consider these common types of car accident injuries, and be sure to call a Wyoming car accident lawyer if you’ve been harmed due to someone else’s fault–
Neck Sprains and Strains
According to the Insurance Institute for High Safety, neck sprains and strains, including whiplash, are the most frequently reported injuries in United States car accident insurance claims. In fact, in claims where neck pain was the most serious injury, the cost of paying out these claims totaled $10 billion in a single year.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Another common injury type that may result from a car crash is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBIs can occur when the head/brain is whipped from side-to-side, shaken rapidly, deprived of oxygen, penetrated with an object, or hit with another object. There are various different types of traumatic brain injuries; the severity of a TBI depends on the force involved, the type of TBI injury, the area of the brain that’s affected, and the victim’s overall health.
Scrapes, Cuts, and Bruises
A person involved in a car accident will likely, at the very least, sustain a scrape, cut, bruise, or a combination of all three. Sometimes, bruising and lacerations can be serious. For example, when an airbag deployed, it may hit the face with such force that the face is badly bruised and swollen for days.
Chest and Rib Injuries
In a car accident, the chest and area surrounding the ribs are highly exposed, and may take the brunt of force in a crash or be impacted by an object. Airbags and seatbelt, while meant to protect occupants, can cause chest and rib injuries. Fractured ribs, crushed chests, and punctured organs are all possible.
Bone Fractures Injuries
While bones are flexible to a point, they are only designed to tolerate so much force. As such, if a bone is hit hard enough in a car accident, or if a limb is twisted or forced into an unnatural position, a bone fracture may occur.
Other Serious Injuries
The above injuries are some of the common injuries in a car accident. Other, less common but very serious injuries include spinal cord injuries, back injuries, amputation injuries, crush injuries, burn injuries, and organ-puncture injuries.
Call Platte River Injury Law to Learn More About Your Rights
If you or a loved one has been in a car accident in Wyoming and has suffered serious injuries as a result, you may be able to seek compensation for the full extent of your economic and noneconomic losses. At the office of Platte River Injury Law, our aggressive Casper car accident lawyers will assist you in building your claim and proving the fault of the other driver. Please reach us today to schedule your free, no obligation consultation with our team.