It is arguably the most dangerous thing most people in Utah do everyday. You are more likely suffer a serious injury or death from driving a car than any other task. While cigarette smoking can lead to heart disease, any given trip in a car can be your last. It is a sobering reminder that driving a car is not a right, but a privilege. Consider these sobering numbers. More than three million people are injured in car accident injuries throughout the nation, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission. These injuries range from minor cuts and abrasions to catastrophic injuries, such as paralysis and brain damage.
Car accident injuries can happen for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the driver or passenger were not wearing their safety belts. The speed of the vehicle can often determine the level of impact. Some cars may not have airbags or safety features. But in far too many cases, car accidents in Utah are often the result of human error. Here are some of the most common types of car accident injuries in Utah.
Skin abrasions are the most common injuries in car accidents. During many accidents, loose objects inside the vehicle, such as coffee mugs, GPS units and cell phones can quickly turn into projectiles. Although these injuries may seem minor, some may result in a severe loss of blood and could require stitches. Although airbags are designed to prevent facial injuries, the impact of a crash can still cause cuts and scrapes.
When most people think of serious car crash injuries, they immediately think whiplash. It typically happens in rear-end collisions when the head and neck are jolted suddenly, causing muscle and ligament damage in the neck. Whiplash is only one of several different soft tissue injuries. These are ailments associated strictly with tendons, muscles and ligaments.
Unfortunately, many drivers neglect to put on their seatbelts. It can bring some severe consequences. It addition to getting thrown through the windshield, driving without wearing a seatbelt can also result in severe chest injuries when colliding with the steering wheel. It’s not uncommon for many car accident victims to suffer from broken ribs or a fractured sternum.
The impact of a collision during a car accident can force the head to make several unnatural movements. For example, even if you are wearing a seatbelt, there your head could still crash into the side mirror. Many of these head injuries can be internal and not seen by the naked eye. In these cases, the tissue and fluid inside the skull can become damaged and also cause internal bleeding.
When a person has been in a car accident, it can be difficult to have the presence of mind to make good decisions. It can be a traumatic experience. But it is important to stay calm. Make sure you are able to exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver. Before you go home, make sure to get your injuries checked out and documented by a doctor or medical professional. If your accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, all of this evidence will be beneficial in a personal injury case. To learn more how a Salt Lake City car accident lawyer can, contact the law office of Christian Burridge and schedule a consultation to discuss your case.