You and your family just finished your weekly night out at Yamafuji’s. As a result of the enormous amounts of sushi, a small lake’s worth of miso soup, and all the tempura you could consume, you, your wife, and your children were all ready for bed. Therefore, you decided to take Commerce Avenue home, instead of the usual route on Chester Street.
You usually hate Commerce because the traffic is always bad, even though it’s technically faster; so you suck it up for sake of time. However, about halfway home, the driver of the car behind you apparently couldn’t take the congestion any longer and decided to speed ahead of you. The car in front of him suddenly slammed on the brakes, forcing him immediately into your lane. Unfortunately, he had not fully passed you, and wound up colliding straight into the side of your car.
Your car spun around completely and was hit again by another car behind you. Finally, when everything stopped spinning and your car came to a stop, you attempted to turn to check to see if your family was injured. However, as you tried to twist your hips, a blinding pain shot from your hips. You looked down and saw a small pool of blood gathering around the steering wheel, which had been pushed into your abdomen and appeared to be crushing your pelvis.
What happened? Where is all the pain coming from? Could your pelvis be broken?
Common Causes of Pelvic Fractures During Collision Impacts
Your pelvis (also commonly known as your hip bone) is one of the most crucial bones in your body. Not only does it keep your legs attached to your spinal column, but it also provides the ability to sit, balance, and move your lower body. Unfortunately, it’s also a prime target for car and motorcycle accident injuries.
According to the Journal of Trauma, Injury, Infection and Critical Care, nearly 800,000 people a year suffer from catastrophic pelvic fractures and injuries due to motor vehicle collisions. The most common causes for these injuries are as follows:
- Pelvic location and height when sitting. When you are sitting in a car, on a motorcycle, or on a bike, your pelvis is at the exact height of most bumpers. This means that when another car collides into you (especially from the side), the majority of the force is going to hit at the exact level of your pelvis, causing a lot of impact damage.
- Seat belts. Although seat belts are essential for safety, restraint, and protection in a car crash, the same restraint that may save your life can also cause severe pelvic damage. Belts are meant to keep you in your seat and prevent the force of an impact from throwing you forward. However, every force must have an equal but opposite reaction; therefore, when the belt restrains you from being thrown, the belt itself applies the same amount of force to your pelvic region, causing stress fractures and possible breakage.
- Front impact collisions. Front collisions are noteworthy for causing a variety of brutal injuries, but they are especially risky for pelvis injuries for people in the front seats of an automobile. Traumatic pelvic damage is frequently caused by the large amount of debris that is forced toward the driver and front seat passenger in a frontal collision. As it inflates in a crash, an airbag can punch the abdomen with the force of a heavyweight boxer. Additionally, the steering wheel and engine can also be forced directly toward the pelvis at deathly speeds. If the driver or passenger turns to avoid the onslaught, the crushing pressure can twist and mangle his or her pelvis as well.
Pelvic injuries are common and can be extremely painful, debilitating, and costly. If you’re injured in a car accident and have multiple fractures or damage to your pelvis, seek medical care immediately. Afraid you can’t afford treatment? We’ll be happy to help you get the compensation you need, and with it, the peace of mind you deserve. Don’t allow an accident to ruin the rest of your life. Call now!
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