Common Car Crash Injuries
There are a lot of car accidents in Florida every day, resulting in a variety of injuries and the severity of them. We sadly see people who have been involved in car accidents who have been seriously hurt due to the actions of another party. While under not the best circumstances, our injury team tries our best to get you the help you deserve to make things right after your accident. Today, Attorney Alan Bulnes discusses seven of the most common injuries that are sustained in car crashes:
Common Car Crash Injuries
In a car crash, head injuries often occur when a person’s head makes an impact with the windshield, window, or steering wheel. Injuries can also occur if any flying debris from the accident hits the head.
If you have hit your head in an accident, seek medical care immediately, no matter how minor you believe the injury to be. Head injuries can have long-lasting impacts on your life, and receiving a medical exam after an accident cannot be overstated.
If you are experiencing any of the following, seek medical care:
- Poor Eyesight
A doctor or healthcare professional will test to see if you have sustained a brain injury or a concussion. The medical diagnosis you receive will serve as proof of injury in a personal injury lawsuit, so make sure to seek medical care!
Soft Tissue Injuries
Injuries due to a car crash may not be immediately clear; it may take days or weeks for the pain to show up. Whiplash is a common car crash injury that manifests with lingering pain in the neck muscles and ligaments. It’s very common that you may not feel soft tissue injuries immediately after the accident.
Remember: to be able to use your PIP benefits, you have 14 days after an accident to seek medical care.
Read more: What is Florida’s 14-Day PIP Rule?
Chest & Rib Injuries
If the airbag was deployed during the crash, it can cause bruising or broken ribs. While seat belts have been proven to save lives, they can also cause bruising and broken bones. The steering column of the vehicle can also injure the driver in a car accident if the impact is strong enough.
These accident injuries may lead to high medical bills and long recovery times meaning time off work. Your personal injury attorney can help you to get the treatment you need and recover damages for the cost of your injuries. Contact our local attorneys to learn how we can help your unique case.
If you have sustained damage to the vertebrae or spinal column in a car crash, you might have to live with a life-altering injury, depending on which disks in the back were affected and how much damage occurred.
Partial or even full paralysis can occur from back injuries. In this case, urgent medical care is needed to diagnose the extent of the damage. If you feel any numbness or pain in your back or neck after being in a car accident, don’t hesitate to take a trip to the emergency room.
Pedestrians hit during a car accident can also suffer from any of the injuries listed above. Pedestrians and cyclists are impacted more and more often due to distracted driving.
Recently in Pasco County, multiple teens have been hit by cars while crossing the street. One accident involved two teens who entered a car’s path as they crossed the road under a red pedestrian signal. Both teens were flown to the hospital and were left in critical condition. In another local pedestrian accident, a teen was struck by a car trying to cross US 19 in Palm Harbor.
Related reading: Look Up: Cell Phones Large Role in Pedestrian Accidents
It is common to have bruises, cuts, and scrapes after a car accident. If the crash was more than a fender bender, flying debris like broken glass, cell phones, cups, or purses might hit you at high speed which can cause painful bruising and cuts. Some might be treatable at home, while other cuts might need stitches or other extensive medical care.
Surface abrasions can even hide more severe ailments like broken bones or head injuries, so if you’re experiencing lasting pain, or there are other symptoms along with the bruising or cuts, it’s best to get a doctor’s opinion.
Broken bones are common in car accidents from a person being thrown up against the steering column, door, or interior of the vehicle. Side impact crashes tend to cause the most broken arms and legs. If you were riding in the front seat, you may have knee or leg damage from contact with the dashboard.
Seek medical attention if you notice any pain in your limbs, even if you believe that it is sprained rather than broken.
For those who work in construction, retail, or on their feet most of the day broken bones can mean more than your pain & suffering, but also lost wages from needing to take time off work to heal or attend doctor’s appointments.
Injured In A Car Accident? Call Mickey Keenan Law
A car accident can have life-altering consequences and injuries can vary in severity. At Mickey Keenan P.A., we are committed to making you whole again. Don’t settle for less than you deserve. If you have been in a car accident and are seriously hurt due to the actions of another party, we’ll help you get the treatment and help that you need.
Call us today for a free consultation at 813-871-1300 or schedule an appointment with one of our veteran car injury attorneys, Alan Bulnes or Mickey Keenan. We’d be proud to help you as we would our own family.