Every day, in Florida and throughout the U.S., some 7,000 people are injured in motor vehicle accidents. Perhaps you recently became part of the statistics. The injuries you suffered may or may not have been so severe, but it’s important to know that accidents can lead to all kinds. The following summarizes what those injuries can be.
Starting with the head, face and neck
Head trauma is quite common as vehicle occupants may have their head violently shaken, leading to a concussion, or hit their head against something hard, such as the side window or the steering wheel. The face can incur damage, too, such as lacerations, contusions and broken bones. In some crashes, particularly rear-end collisions, the neck may snap back and forth and strain or tear its muscles: a condition called whiplash.
Injuries to the collarbone, ribs and back
The collarbone and ribs are, often, injured because of the shoulder belt pressing against them. It’s one of those unavoidable risks that come with wearing a seatbelt. As for the back, the discs in the spine can be pushed and misaligned with the sudden impact of the crash. The bones may even fracture.
Psychological trauma, another possibility
Last but not least, serious accidents can affect a person mentally so that he or she develops a phobia about driving. Post-traumatic stress disorder is not uncommon among crash victims.
When to see a lawyer about your case
Florida being a no-fault state, most crash victims can have their losses covered by their own insurance company. However, you may have reason to think that your losses won’t be covered. In that case, you may discuss the chances of filing a personal injury claim with a lawyer. The lawyer may take on your case, hiring investigators and other third parties to build it up before negotiations begin.