Injuries from Car Accidents
More than three million people in the United States are injured in car accidents each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Depending on the circumstances of the accident, drivers and passengers may suffer a wide range of injuries. Some of the most common injuries caused from car accidents are:
- Amputations: A traumatic amputation, or the surgical removal of a limb or body part, may be necessary after a car wreck. Car accidents are the most common cause of traumatic amputations of body parts or extremities such as arms, hands, legs, feet, and toes.
- Brain Injuries (TBI): Traumatic brain injuries can be difficult to detect because physical symptoms typically do not manifest. TBI can result in non-neurological symptoms such as pulmonary, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and dermatologic issues, as well as neurological symptoms such as sensory, motor, and autonomic function disorders. Individuals suffering from TBI may also have cognitive symptoms such as memory, concentration, language, and visual perception difficulties. They may also suffer from behavioral or social deficits, such as mood disorders, aggression, learning difficulties, substance abuse, and increased suicide risk.
- Burns: Although rare, sometimes car accidents may involve a fire, causing victims to suffer burns. The least severe type of burn is a first-degree burn, which causes damage to the outer layer of skin called the epidermis. Second-degree burns cause damage to the epidermis and the second layer of skin called the dermis; this type of burn may cause severe pain and scarring. Third-degree burns destroy both the epidermis and dermis, and may cause nerve damage. Fourth-degree burns are the most severe and may require multiple surgeries, or may even cause death.
- Cuts and Lacerations: Car accidents may cause loose objects such as cups, eyeglasses, books, cell phones, or GPS systems to become airborne. These objects may come in contact with the vehicle’s occupants, causing cuts or lacerations varying in severity.
- Exposure to Hazardous Materials: Car accident victims may be exposed to hazardous materials including explosives and flammable or combustible substances. If hazardous exposure is suspected, victims should seek shelter in a permanent building, if possible. If escape is not an option, victims should keep the car windows and vents closed and the air conditioner and heater turned off.
- Fatal Injury: Drivers and passengers may suffer fatal injuries instantly in car crashes caused by distracted driving, driving under the influence, speeding, rollovers, or adverse weather conditions. Sometimes, injuries take weeks to cause a fatality, for example, when a victim is in a coma or suffers complications from severe burns.
- Head and Neck Injuries: Head and neck injuries are among the most likely to cause fatalities. Head injuries may include skull fractures and brain trauma. A broken neck may result from whiplash, which may break a person’s spinal cord.
- Injuries to Internal Organs: Internal injuries may be caused when a car accident victim is slammed against a hard surface. Common internal injuries include internal bleeding, damage to abdominal organs, broken ribs, chest injuries, such as a broken sternum and ruptured diaphragm, or traumatic brain injuries.
- Musculoskeletal Injuries: Musculoskeletal injuries after a car accident are common. These injuries affect movement and may include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, ligament sprain, epicondylitis, and ruptured, bulging, or herniated disks. Victims may experience increased pain during activity, inflammation, and swelling.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: Spinal cord injuries include damage to vertebrae, ligaments, or disks. The Mayo Clinic reports that car and motorcycle accidents account for more than 35 percent of spinal cord injuries each year, making motor vehicle accidents the leading cause of spinal injuries.
Columbia Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell, Smith & Arden Seek Compensation for Car Accident Victims Suffering from All Types of Injuries
Victims of car accidents may suffer from many injuries which often require expensive medical attention. Our car accident lawyers in Columbia at Chappell, Smith & Arden are committed to helping you obtain the financial compensation you need to assist in your recovery. Our experienced attorneys have been representing car accident victims for over three decades. Contact us online or call us at 800-531-9780 to schedule a consultation at one of our six locations throughout South Carolina. We represent clients in Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County, as well as the towns of Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, Chapin, Rock Hill, Aiken, Sumter, Newberry, Florence, and Spartanburg.