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Examining the Most Common Auto Accident Injury Types

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Illinois auto accident injury lawyersMotor vehicle crashes are one of the leading cause of both death and injury in the United States. It is also one of the most common reasons that people visit the emergency room. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 2.5 million of all non-fatal crash injuries are seen in emergency rooms each year, with around 7.5 percent resulting in hospitalization for the victim. What are the injuries most commonly seen, and what can injured victims expect over the next few weeks and months? The following information explains.

Most Commonly Sustained Auto Accident Injuries

Although every crash is unique, as are the injuries most commonly associated with them, some injury types are more frequently seen than others. These include:

  • Head injuries (traumatic brain injury),
  • Facial injuries,
  • Soft tissue injuries,
  • Whiplash,
  • Spinal injuries,
  • Sprains,
  • Strains,
  • Broken bones,
  • Lacerations,
  • Contusions, and
  • Abdominal injuries.

Many of these injuries do eventually heal, but some can result in death or long-term complications (i.e. head injuries, abdominal injuries, spinal injuries, etc.). Moreover, even a seemingly minor injury can result in serious complications or fatality. Examples might include an abdominal bleed that initially appeared to be nothing more than a bruise or a laceration that gets infected (which can lead to more serious complications, including sepsis).

Dealing with Car Crash Injuries

Because injuries can be more serious than they initially seem, accident victims are encouraged to always visit the emergency room after a crash. This step can reduce the risk that the victim will suffer devastating health effects from an insidious injury or delayed symptoms while also ensuring that the injuries are attributed to the accident, rather than some other event. Injured parties are encouraged to follow up with the recommended providers and specialists.

As victims obtain treatment, they are encouraged to keep a detailed record of any medical expenses that they incur (including transportation costs and expenses for medical equipment), as these can be used by an attorney to calculate how much a victim may be owed in compensation.

Contact Our Joliet Auto Accident Lawyers

If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident, do not speak with the insurance companies. Instead, refer them to Tedone & Morton, P.C., where your best interests and right to pursue full and fair compensation will be protected. Skilled and experienced, our Plainfield, IL car crash injury attorneys can handle all the details so that you and your family can focus on healing. Call 815-666-1285 and schedule your consultation with our offices today.

Sources:

https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/geared/your_driving_skills/car_crashes/anatomy_of_a_crash.html

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6340a4.htm?s_cid=mm6340a4_w

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-10-annual-price-tag-nonfatal-injuries.html

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