Every year on roadways across the globe, 20 to 50 million people are injured in car crashes. As auto accident attorneys know, the type of injury an individual sustains often depends on a number of considerations, such as whether the motorist was wearing a seat belt, where the car was hit, and the age of the passenger; young ones are especially susceptible. The guide below looks at these damages as well as how to minimize their severity.
A soft tissue injury is any damage to the ligaments, muscles, or tendons, typically as a result of stress, strain, or forceful impact during a crash. If your neck was wrenched to the side suddenly, it can result in a soft tissue injury known as whiplash. Often unnoticeable at first due to adrenaline, this condition can worsen with time, causing pain that can affect one’s ability to sleep or think or see clearly.
While potentially dangerous, it is usually not as severe as blunt force trauma to head. This can cause a range of conditions from minor concussions to traumatic brain injuries.
You may also break your bones. Accidents most often result in damage to the arms, legs, ribs, and spinal column. Regardless of your wounds, seek medical care as soon as possible after the accident to receive treatment and ensure that your scrapes and bruises are not more serious than you realize. This paperwork can also be helpful to your attorney later when fighting for your right to compensation.
To prevent a car accident, always wear a seat belt when driving or riding in any vehicle. You should also try to sit up straight—no feet on the dashboard.
Children should ride in safety seats. For as long as possible, keep the child in a rear-facing one. When they outgrow it, at a minimum of two years old, transition to a forward-facing safety seat. After age four, if they are at least 40 lbs, children should ride in a booster seat with the adult seat belt to secure them. Typically between ages 10 and 12, a child should be able to fit securely buckled into a normal passenger seat. However, keep them in the back, since the force of the airbags can do much more damage to their small frames than it would to an adult.
Anderson Law Firm is here for you in the wake of a crash. Attorney Darren Anderson has been representing the Bowie County, east Texas, and southeast Arkansas region for over 25 years. He handles all kinds of personal injuries—ranging from car accidents to dog bites—giving each case the attention and sensitivity it deserves. Visit this attorney online to learn more about his practice areas. Read satisfied customer reviews on Google. Then call (903) 792-1229 to schedule a consultation.