Automobile accidents claim thousands of lives each year in the United States, and cause millions of people serious injuries. A lucky few have the good fortune to walk away from these accidents with hardly a scratch. For others, injuries can range from slight to severe, and often result in lingering and even permanent damage and disability. Injuries caused by car accidents can affect your overall quality of life, as well as your ability to earn a living and support your family. Understanding the types of injuries that commonly occur as the result of automobile accidents and taking steps to prevent them can help ensure the safety of both you and your loved ones.
Common Car Accident Injuries
According to the latest figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over five million motor vehicle accidents occur each year in the United States, killing close to 90 people a day. That is roughly one fatality every 16 minutes. An additional 2 million people are injured each year as the result of car crashes. There are a number of factors that contribute to the incidence of automobile accidents, including speeding, driving while drunk or impaired, and distracted driving. There are also a number of factors that influence the types and severity of injuries incurred as the result of an accident, including whether you are the driver or the passenger, as well as where your vehicle was hit, such as head on, from behind, or on the side. According to research conducted by the NHTSA, the most common car accident injuries include:
- Whiplash and concussions, with the potential for severe brain injuries;
- Bruised or broken bones, including leg, pelvic, rib, and shoulder fractures;
- Muscle and tendon sprains, strains, and tears;
- Dislocated joints in shoulders, hips, pelvis, and knees;
- Cuts and lacerations;
- Severe burns and abrasions; and
- Limb amputation.
Any one of these injuries is serious enough to require the need for ongoing medical care and treatment, and has the potential to cause permanent impairment. In a worst case scenario, some of these injuries are considered catastrophic, causing severe and lasting impairment that will permanently alter the person’s quality of life.
Preventing Car Accident Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent serious injuries like those listed above is to prevent car accidents from happening to begin with. While you may be unable to control other drivers on the road, you can take precautions to ensure you are driving safely. The CDC recommends the following safety tips to avoid car accidents and injuries:
- Know your state traffic laws and follow them;
- Always obey posted speed limits;
- Give other drivers plenty of space and avoid unsafe practices such as aggressive driving and tailgating;
- Make sure your car is well maintained;
- Always wear a seatbelt, and make sure children are in approved child safety seats;
- Eliminate distractions when you drive and keep your focus on the road; and
- Do not drive drunk or under the influence of medication or controlled substances.
Contact Our Experienced Florida Car Accident Attorneys
If you have suffered injuries as the result of a car accident, contact our experienced Florida car accident attorneys immediately. At Hogan Frick, we can help you get the compensation you deserve for the injuries you have suffered. Reach out to us today for a consultation on your case.