Statistically speaking, the most common injuries sustained in a Warrenton auto accident are similar to those in pretty much any city and state in the country. Researchers have compiled a list of the most common types of injuries that occur in U.S. car crashes. This list doesn’t include all possible situations, of course, but it does give an idea of what happens to drivers and passengers most often during a crash.

  • Whiplash. The most frequent type of injury is whiplash. This happens when the head and neck are suddenly thrust forward and then backward. The body is not prepared for such a quick influx of force. This rapid, forceful movement causes unnecessary strain on the bones, muscles, and nerves in the neck. Sometimes the whiplash can be minor and cause little discomfort. Other times, the injury can leave the person permanently disabled.
  • Back injuries. This type of injury is very common in automobile and motorcycle accidents. As with the neck in a whiplash, the back is not built to withstand a lot of sudden trauma and force. When a car is hit suddenly from behind, the energy is dispersed through the driver’s (or passenger’s) body, causing muscles, vertebrae, and nerves to become misaligned. Sometimes the full affect of the damage isn’t felt until a few days later.
  • Traumatic brain injury. One of the most severe outcomes of a serious car crash is a traumatic brain injury. In this scenario, the force of the impact in the accident causes a person’s brain to actually slam against the inside of the skull, which can result in tearing, swelling, nerve damage, bleeding, and bruising of the brain. Many people who experience a traumatic brain injury suffer from the effects for the rest of their life.

An injury can be a life-changing experience. Sometimes the situation becomes overwhelming and you just don’t know how to proceed. If you’re unsure of what to do next in your case, contact Dulaney, Lauer & Thomas. Talk with an experienced Virginia car accident attorney about how to handle your case and get your life back on track.

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Working with Andrew and his team has been--without exception--one of the most pleasant, productive, and professional experiences of my adult life. I was seriously injured in an accident in July, 2018, in Virginia. I was driving a company vehicle that was registered in Maryland, for a company that was based in Wisconsin. And I live in New Jersey, where my personal vehicles are insured. The several jurisdictions involved presented a very unique case that demanded an experienced and nuanced strategy. I found Andrew Thomas (of Dulaney, Lauer, & Thomas) through some online research. And it is noteworthy that Andrew has worked the other side of the aisle--he used to work with insurance companies. Andrew took on my case with the assurance that he would work it with no less energy than he does each of his cases. At each turn, and with each question I had, Andrew and Paralegal Misty kept me informed, returned my calls, provided detailed explanations, and kept me feeling like I was in the loop and there was an eventual end to our journey. Nearly five years after the accident, we settled out of court for a significant sum in recognition of my personal injuries. The settlement was much more than I had expected. And without Andrew & Misty, I am sure the award would have been much less. If you are looking for professionalism, knowledge, dedication, answerability, responsiveness, integrity, and human-level communication from a personal injury attorney--look no further. You have found him. Thank you, Andrew and Misty. Gary Daley
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