Some car accidents result in a bit of vehicle damage and some stiffness in the days to follow. Other car accidents result in serious life-threatening injuries.
The Top 3 Most Severe Car Accident Injuries
According to the CDC, about 3 million people are non-fatally injured in vehicle crashes within the US each year. Unfortunately, some of these injuries are severe and require immediate medical attention.
1. Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries due to force can lead to permanent disabilities such as vision or speech loss. And if left undiagnosed, they can also lead to death. Traumatic brain injuries include internal hemorrhages, skull fractures, brain contusions and hydrocephalus.
2. Spinal Cord Injuries
Your spinal cord is critical to your ability to move freely and feel. Injuries to your spinal cord can result in paralysis of your extremities or your body as a whole. Most spinal cord injuries are caused by disc ruptures or bone fragments from breaks. It’s also possible for the spinal cord to tear due to force.
3. Internal Injuries
Your skeletal system helps to protect your internal organs such as your lungs, heart and kidneys. Unfortunately, broken bones and the sheer force of the accident can lead to internal injuries to these critical organs.
How to Protect Yourself in the Event of a Car Accident
While completely preventing an accident is impossible, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself.
- Wear your seatbelt: Your seatbelt is meant to hold your body in place. Make sure the belt isn’t twisted and that the lap belt portion is positioned flat across your hips.
- Adjust your seat: You should be able to comfortably reach the pedals without being too close to the airbags.
- Practice good posture: Don’t slouch or lean while driving—sit upright. Otherwise, your vehicle’s safety mechanisms such as your seatbelt and airbags won’t work as they should if you’re hit.
Involved in a Car Accident? Call The Fell Law Firm Today!
Sometimes, even practicing safe driving can’t prevent a serious accident, especially if it’s the fault of someone else. If you’re the victim of a car accident, you deserve support from an experienced attorney. Reach out to our team today by calling 972-450-1418 or send us a message.
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