Types & Causes of Vehicle Injuries

Of the millions of people involved in auto accidents, 4.4 million people suffer personal injuries every year. The majority sustain permanent or long-term injuries, and tens of thousands die as a result.

Common injuries caused by accidents involving cars, trucks and other vehicles such as motorcycles, and bicycles include:

Head and brain injuries: Common in roll-over accidents and motorcycle accidents, head injuries can result in bruising and lacerations, and much more serious skull and facial fractures, as well as contusions or hemorrhaging. Head injuries often trigger brain injuries, which can cause death or permanent disability. According to the National Institutes of Health, half of all traumatic brain injuries are caused by collisions involving cars, motorcycles, and bicycles.

Spinal injuries: Most spinal cord injuries cause permanent disability or loss of movement (paralysis) and sensation below the site of the injury. Total injury to the spine may not occur immediately because additional damage usually occurs over days or weeks due to bleeding, swelling, inflammation, and fluid accumulation in and around the spinal cord.

Neck injuries: Herniated cervical discs, fractured vertebrae, and pinched nerves are common types of neck injuries. Whiplash often occurs during rear-end automobile collisions, when your head suddenly moves backward and then forward — similar to the motion of someone cracking a whip. According to the Mayo Clinic, although most people recover from whiplash within four to six weeks, some people develop chronic symptoms that can be extremely painful and disabling. More serious neck injuries can require surgery and extensive rehabilitation therapy.

Other common injuries associated with auto accidents include broken and fractured bones, lacerations, loss of eyesight or hearing, burns, damage to organs due to trauma, and many more. Such serious injuries can often leave victims in severe pain and discomfort, or disable them for life. Even if your injuries are initially treated properly, you may still end up with long-term chronic pain, permanent disability or disfigurement.

Common Causes of Auto Accidents

The most common type of auto accident occurs when two cars collide. However there are many different causes and reasons for auto accidents. Factors that can cause auto accidents include defective design or construction of the car, or faulty parts. These are generally the fault of the car or part manufacturer, and you will need an attorney to help you get the compensation you deserve from the car company.

Negligence is also a common factor. If it’s proven that the other driver is at fault for negligent behavior, they are responsible for paying damages for injuries, property damage, or both. Negligence can include ignoring traffic signs and signals, failure to signal when turning, speeding, ignoring dangerous road conditions, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Defective signs, traffic signals, road maintenance or lighting can also be factors in an auto accident, and therefore the accident may be deemed the responsibility of the local government that is responsible for the road’s safe upkeep.

Whether the cause is defect or negligence, dealing with the insurance companies, the government, or the car company that is responsible for your injury can be frustrating and daunting. You are owed a fair resolution that will allow you to receive the compensation that is your legal right, which is why it is necessary for you to have an attorney with experience in personal injury law. The attorneys at Lemberg Law can help you take action and get the justice you deserve.

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