Car accidents occur every day on the roads and highways of New Bedford and Providence and throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The types of injury sustained in an auto accident can vary and aren’t always immediately evident. Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injuries are common, but can sneak under the radar at first. Sometimes referred to as “dashboard knee“, a PCL injury occurs during the impact of a car crash when the knee of the driver or passenger collides with the dashboard of their vehicle. Initially, the injured party may brush this off as a bump or nothing to worry about, but left undiagnosed and untreated can lead to a long road of complications and recovery.

How Does A Dashboard Knee Injury Occur?

The PCL is one of the major ligaments found in the human knee. It lies deep within the knee and gets its name because it attaches the posterior of the tibia to the femur. This configuration helps the PCL resist backward motion of the lower leg or tibia. In an auto accident, a dashboard knee injury can occur when the knee is bent causing the upper tibia to suffer a direct impact causing the shinbone to be pushed backwards below the knee. This can result in a tear or rupture of the posterior cruciate ligament. 

Do I Have A PCL Injury?

A sign of injury to the posterior cruciate ligament is often a divot or ‘dent’ in the subjects patella tendon. A simple posterior sag test may help to confirm whether or not someone has dashboard knee. The test is performed as the subject lays flat on their back and lifts the injured leg in the air, flexed at a 90-degree angle. It is likely that rehab will be recommended over surgery with a PCL injury but a medical professional should always be consulted.

Typical symptoms of a posterior cruciate ligament injury are:

  • Pain with swelling that occurs steadily and quickly after the injury
  • Swelling that makes the knee stiff and may cause a limp
  • Difficulty walking
  • The knee feels unstable, like it may “give out”

Contact An Experienced New Bedford & Providence Auto Accident Lawyer

If you or a family member have suffered a dashboard knee injury in a car accident in Massachusetts or Rhode Island, don’t wait! Contact Dussault & Zatir and one of our experienced car accident attorneys will walk you through the details of your claim and help you to get the compensation that you deserve.

The Law Office of Dussault & Zatir, PC

*The above is not to be considered as legal advice. Every case is different and the laws which apply may differ from state to state.

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