When someone causes a car accident due to drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding, being drowsy, or other negligent actions, this can cause victims to suffer many types of injuries. Even a rear-end collision where vehicles are traveling at a slow speeds can result long-term injuries that induce chronic pain and limitations in a person's ability to work and perform day-to-day activities.
Regardless of the severity of the injuries, a victim of an auto crash in the Daytona Beach area may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault driver for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Common Types of Car Accident Injuries
Vehicle collisions cause two categories of injury: impact and penetrating.
Impact injuries occur when a victim’s body hits some part of a car, such as the dashboard or a door window, during the accident.
Penetrating injuries occur when glass, parts of the vehicle, or other objects enter the victim’s body.
The severity of injuries depends on many factors, such as seat belt usage, speed of the vehicles, and type of accident—head-on collision, rollover, side impact, and rear-end collisions are a few.
Frequent auto accident injuries include:
- Head and brain injuries. These are caused when the brain is shaken in the skull, or the skull and brain are penetrated by an object. Concussions, skull fractures, and intracranial hematoma—where the blood pools in the skull and causes pressure on the brain—are a few common brain injuries. A traumatic brain injury can cause life-long changes to a person’s vision, hearing, mobility, and cognitive abilities, such as reasoning, memory, and concentration.
- Neck and back injuries. Whiplash, herniated disks, and torn or sprained ligaments, tendons, and muscles often happen as a result of a collision. While they can cause long-term pain and limitations in movements, insurance companies for negligent drivers often dispute the seriousness of these injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries. Damage to the spinal cord may lead to partial or complete paralysis. These means a victim may require specialized care for personal needs for the rest of his life.
- Burns. If the force of the impact is severe enough, a vehicle’s gas tank can rupture, trapping an individual in a burning car. Catastrophic burns are horrifying painful and frequently cause disfigurement, scarring, and nerve damage. They often require multiple surgeries and graphs.
- Internal injuries. In some wrecks, victims suffer internal bleeding and organ damage. Even if external symptoms aren't apparent, these injuries can be life-threatening and require immediate medical care.
- Broken and fractured bones. Ribs, wrists, arms, legs, and the collarbone are some of the most common bones broken in collisions.
Did you or a loved one suffer injuries in a car accident? Our experienced car accident attorneys are ready to file a claim and negotiate a settlement so you can focus on recovery. To learn how our skilled legal team can help you, call our office to schedule your free initial consultation.