Whether you’re crossing the street to grab a coffee at The Green Bean Cafe in downtown New Bedford, or driving down Bald Hill Road on your way to work in Warwick, you may be susceptible to collisions by the distracted drivers around you. Every day throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island, people are injured or killed in auto-pedestrian accidents, auto-bicycle accidents, and other motor vehicle accidents. The following are some of the more common types of injury sustained in car accidents.
Common Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
Traumatic Brain Injuries – A blow to the head in a car accident can damage the brain, and cause a type of injury known as traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI may be as mild as a concussion or it can be a more severe injury impairing critical functions like speech, vision, concentration, memory and control over emotions. Brain injuries can be elusive in that beyond any visible cuts or bruises on the head, and there may be no other signs of a brain injury. Your best bet is to ALWAYS get checked out by a doctor after any head trauma.
Neck & Back Injuries – The most common injury suffered in car accidents is whiplash. It occurs when the neck stretches and quickly snaps back into place due to an impact causing the car to either suddenly stop or accelerate. Whiplash can cause damage to the vertebrae, ligaments and disks, or the spinal cord itself. This can also result in paralysis or other loss of function in one or more limbs or other portions of the body. Beyond whiplash there are many other neck and back injuries which can cause chronic pain and discomfort, significantly reducing the injured party’s quality of life and ability to work.
Broken Bones & Fractures – Many injuries in car accidents are caused by smashing into or being crushed by part of the car. This sheer force can result in broken bones or fractures in the legs, arms, ribcage, pelvis, etc.. Joints like knees and elbows are susceptible to breakage and tearing of cartilage if they are abruptly twisted or turned the wrong way. Many broken bones require surgery to enable the bones to heal properly.
Loss of Limbs – In motorcycle accidents and more severe car accidents the victim may suffer a loss of one or more limbs due to being severed or crushed beyond repair. These are among the most life-changing injuries as the victim will need to cope with the injury for the rest of their life.
Contact An Experienced Massachusetts and Rhode Island Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved has been injured or killed in a car accident due to another’s negligence, please contact The Law Office of Dussault & Zatir to speak with one of our experienced attorneys. We’ll help you to get the compensation that you deserve.
*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.