Common Injuries in Car Accidents

Motor Vehicle Collision Lawyers Helping Sacramento Residents

Many people are injured in California as a result of car accidents each day. The injuries may vary depending on the circumstances surrounding a particular accident. Common injuries in car accidents include soft tissue injuries, lacerations, broken bones, chest injuries, spinal cord injuries, and head injuries. If you suffer any of these injuries as a result of a car crash caused by someone else, you should retain a knowledgeable Sacramento car accident lawyer. Medical care is expensive, particularly if you need to miss work to rest and recuperate. At Travis G. Black & Associates, we may be able to help you recover damages.

Common Injuries in Car Accidents

The types of injuries suffered by drivers and passengers in a car accident turn on factors such as whether a seat belt was worn, the degree of force and speed, where on the car the impact occurred, the body positioning of the occupant, and whether there were airbags. Injuries may result from a forceful impact or penetration by an object.

Soft tissue injuries result from a forceful impact and are some of the most common injuries sustained in a car accident. They happen when the body's connective tissues, including muscles, tendons, and ligaments, are harmed. For example, whiplash is a type of soft tissue injury. They may present some problems of proof, and some insurers may question the degree of pain associated with soft tissue injuries. This is a situation in which retaining an aggressive attorney may make a difference.

Another common injury is a cut. Anything inside the car or outside the car that hits a driver or passenger may cut or penetrate the body. For example, if a coffee cup breaks due to the force of the impact, a piece of the cup might penetrate the eye. If you need to swerve in order to avoid a car and crash into a parked car, an item in that car might penetrate your body. Airbags may also cause scrapes.

Head injuries are also common and may be quite severe, taking the form of a closed head injury, concussion, or even brain damage. When brain damage is at issue, the damages may be extensive, including such items of loss as the costs of lifelong care, nursing assistance, rehabilitation, and therapy, in addition to more typical damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and lost earning capacity.

Chest injuries may be quite severe as well, involving internal injuries or broken ribs that affect an accident victim's ability to work. Drivers are more likely than passengers to suffer a chest injury due to their position behind the wheel. Even severe bruising as the chest hits the steering wheel may be quite painful. Damages may include pain and suffering and mental distress.

Often, arms or legs are broken, particularly in a side-impact situation. It may be necessary to obtain immediate medical treatment. People who work in jobs requiring manual labor may be significantly hampered in their ability to work and earn a living after these injuries to limbs are sustained.

In order to recover damages for these injuries, you will need to establish liability. Most car accidents result from negligence by a driver. When proving that another driver was liable for your injuries, you will need to show that it is more likely than not that the other driver owed you a duty of care, breached that duty, and caused your injuries, resulting in actual damages. There are instances, however, when car accidents arise from a dangerous condition on the road or a malfunctioning car part, in which case either a premises liability lawsuit or a product liability lawsuit may be brought to seek damages.

Discuss Your Car Accident Case with a Sacramento Attorney

If you are interested in recovering compensation for common injuries in a car accident that was caused by someone else, you should consult our motor vehicle collision lawyers. We provide skillful legal representation to accident victims from our Folsom office, and our principal previously worked in insurance, giving him particular insight into how insurance adjusters think about various types of injuries. To obtain a free consultation with a Sacramento lawyer, contact us online or call Travis G. Black & Associates at 916-962-2896.