Accidents happen out on the road daily. There are many types of injuries that can be sustained by the driver or passengers. Researchers have taken a look at thousands of accidents, and there is a common top five injuries sustained in most Front Royal auto accidents.
The list does not cover every injury that can or will happen, but it gives an idea of the most common types.
- Whiplash. Whiplash is one of the most common injuries in all types of accidents. It is very easy for a person’s neck to be jarred in a collision due to the sheer force possible between two objects colliding. Whiplash occurs when a person’s head is forced forward and then backward suddenly. This action puts strain on the neck that it’s not used to. Many times this can cause severe pain and injury.
- Knee or Leg Injury. There are many types of knee and leg injuries that can happen in a car accident. One reason these injuries are so common is that the driver’s legs frequently get pinned under the steering wheel or under the dashboard, especially if the collision happens on the left side of the vehicle.
- Back Injury. Far too often, people injure their backs in an auto accident and have some type of permanent disability. As in the case of whiplash, the back can’t handle the force from the collision and can get jarred out of alignment. Sometimes it takes a few days for the effects of a crash to set in and the pain and discomfort to appear.
- Head Trauma and Traumatic Brain Injuries. A traumatic brain injury occurs when sudden force causes the brain to hit against the inside of the skull. Tearing, swelling, nerve damage, bleeding, and bruising are some of the most common results of a TBI. Brain injuries range in severity from mild to fatal.
- Spinal Cord Injury. An injury of the spinal cord is almost always serious and often deadly. How severely the person is affected often depends on where along the spinal cord the damage occurs. An injury near the upper part of the spinal column can result in complete paralysis, whereas a lower injury might cause only the lower half of the body to be paralyzed. Auto accidents are the leading cause of this type of injury.
The attorneys at Dulaney, Lauer & Thomas hope you and your family never have to deal with injuries from an auto accident. However, if you’re reading this because you’ve already been injured in a Virginia car accident, we are here to help. Contact us today to find out what the options are for your case.