Injuries from car accidents are varied, as are the causes of such accidents.
Factors such as how you were hit, the other vehicle’s speed, and whether you were wearing a seatbelt all contribute to the injuries you sustained.
Although no two accidents are identical, some injuries occur more often than others in a car accident.
If you were injured in a car accident in WY, contact an experienced Casper car accident attorney.
Most Common Injuries Related to Car Accidents
Although fatalities have been declining in recent years in WY, an injury from a car accident can still be catastrophic.
At Platte River Injury Law, we see a wide range of injuries—everything from minor soft tissue injuries that heal in several weeks to spinal cord injuries that leave victims paralyzed.
The following are some of the most common car accident injuries for which we represent clients in Casper and throughout Wyoming.
When your head undergoes a rapid back-and-forth movement in an accident, you might sustain a whiplash injury.
Whiplash is especially common in rear-end accidents.
Pain may not be immediately present.
It could take one or two days before you start noticing pain or stiffness in your neck.
Back injuries range from herniated discs to spinal cord injuries.
Even a seemingly minor herniated disc can leave you with residual pain.
If a herniated disc starts pressing on a nerve, you may experience numbness and a decrease in your range of motion.
If the herniated disc is in your lower back, it could cause walking and bladder control problems.
In these situations, you may need surgical intervention.
Outside of catastrophic spinal cord injuries, less serious back injuries may not be immediately apparent.
Depending on the accident, a head injury could range from a mild concussion to a traumatic brain injury. Some head injuries can be challenging to diagnose at first.
If you struck your head during the accident or your vehicle rolled over, it’s even more important to seek medical treatment right away.
The blunt force of a collision could result in one or more broken bones. The most common fractures involve bones in the arms, hands, legs, and ribs.
Symptoms of a broken bone include redness, swelling, bruising, loss of function, deformity, and potentially severe pain.
Car accident injuries aren’t limited to physical ones.
Some people will develop psychological problems following a car accident, especially if another person in their vehicle died or was seriously injured.
You could develop anxiety, depression, or even a phobia of driving.
What Happens When You Get Injured in a Car Accident?
If you suffer an injury in a car accident, you may be in shock immediately afterward.
With adrenaline pumping, you may not even realize that you are injured that badly.
If you are not transported to the emergency room from the accident scene, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
Steps to Follow After an Accident
Following an injury accident in Wyoming, there are specific steps you should take to preserve your claim:
- If your injuries aren’t too severe, try to document the scene. Take photos of your injuries, vehicle damage, and any notable conditions—snow on the ground, rain, foliage blocking a street sign, construction zone, etc.
- Exchange information with all involved parties, and be sure to get contact information for any witnesses.
- Make an appointment with a doctor if you didn’t visit the emergency room following the accident.
- Report the accident to your insurance company. If the other party’s insurance contacts you asking for a recorded statement, do not consent to one without speaking with an attorney first.
- Contact a Wyoming car accident attorney to discuss your legal options.
Following these steps can help strengthen your personal injury claim following a car accident.
Contact an Attorney Today
At Platte River Injury Law, our focus is helping car accident victims recover the compensation they deserve.
Our top priority is protecting your rights.
We will walk you through every step of the claims process and be there to answer questions or address concerns.
If you sustained injuries in a Wyoming car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.