Car accidents are probably the most common accidents in the United States. There are hundreds of thousands of accidents a year, tens of thousands of serious injuries and thousands of deaths. Motor vehicle accidents are so prolific that there are entire government agencies, non-profits, and research facilities dedicated to reducing the number of car accidents. This post will go over the nature of the injuries you can incur in a motor vehicle accident and how it may impact your life moving forward.
This post will focus on neck and back injuries. A later post will address the other injuries you can incur. Neck and back injuries are simultaneously the most common injuries and the most dangerous. Neck and back injuries are dangerous because these injuries can impact your life many months or years into the future. In fact, the full extent of the injury may not be known for months after the accident.
Neck injuries arise in two situations. When you are rear-ended, and the neck snaps back causing whiplash. Whiplash can damage your neck but usually isn't serious unless you suffer spinal damage. The other injury occurs when you slam your head into the dashboard or steering wheel. These injuries occur because the driver failed to wear a seatbelt and strikes an object in front of the car.
Were you injured in a motor vehicle accident? If so, you may want to contact a lawyer ? you could have an actionable claim for personal injury and damages. The nature of the damages you can seek depends on the extent of your injury and how it impacts your life as you move forward. More severe injuries are entitled to more damages. A lawyer can review the nature of the accident and your injuries to help you arrive at a fair number. You don't want to risk accepting too low of a settlement because you are allowed only one shot to get compensation, there are no do-overs.