Auto accidents are a far too common occurrence on American roadways today, with many resulting in severe injury or death. Sadly, Washington is no exception. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, there were 45,524 motor vehicle accidents in 2019. Of those, 235 resulted in one or more fatalities, approximately 1,000 caused serious injuries, and almost 2,800 of caused minor injuries. Many of the fatality and injury accidents involved distracted drivers, intoxicated drivers, or teen drivers.
The severity of an accident does not necessarily determine the types or extent of injuries that a driver or passenger suffers. While some individuals can walk away from a horrific accident unscathed, others in seemingly minor accidents are left with a lifetime of physical and financial challenges. Common car accident injuries can range from cuts and bruises to traumatic brain injuries or paralyzing injuries.
Fractured or Broken Bones
Bones are developed to withstand immense pressure and force, but they can only take so much. The forces of a car wreck can often cause them to fracture, buckle, or snap. Broken legs, arms, hips, ankles, wrists, and ribs are common injuries in auto accidents. Fractures can be painful and may take months or longer to heal. Depending on the location of the broken bone, these injuries can significantly impact a person’s ability to work or care for themselves until the bone heals. Sometimes surgery is necessary for complete and optimal healing.
Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
If the discs or protective bones in the neck or back are injured, there is always a chance the spinal cord could also be damaged. The spinal cord is delicate, and if it is torn or severed, the victim may suffer paralyzing injuries that they may never heal from. An SCI can substantially decrease someone’s quality of life and their ability to care for themselves. They may not be able to work again or take part in the activities they used to enjoy.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Even though the brain’s vulnerable tissues are encased in the skull, brain injuries frequently occur in car accident victims. The extreme forces experienced in the accident can cause harm within the brain, even if the head does not hit anything. Damaged brain tissues may not always heal, and individuals who suffer a TBI may experience long-term symptoms and side effects, including:
- Sleep difficulties
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Deficits in attention and concentration
- Inability to manage time and get things done
- Depression, anxiety, aggression, or other personality changes
- Headaches and migraines
- Seizures or post-traumatic epilepsy
Not all injuries are physical or obvious. Even still, they can significantly impact the lives of those who experience them and are more common than many people think. One type of emotional trauma resulting from motor vehicle crashes is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Feeling depressed or hopeless,
- Social anxiety,
- Nightmares, and
Individuals with emotional trauma after an accident might need medication and long-term psychotherapy. Some may deal with the emotional triggers of the accident for the rest of their lives, especially if the crash caused severe physical injuries or the loss of another’s life.
Were You Injured in an Auto Accident? Schedule Your Case Consultation Today
If you sustained injuries in an auto accident, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you do not feel like you are hurt, it is best to be examined by a doctor. It is crucial that you receive any treatment you need and that your injuries and symptoms are documented medically. Not only do these actions help ensure your physical well-being, but they also maximize the value of your claim.
Next, schedule a free case consultation with the attorneys at Otorowski Morrow & Golden, PLLC. You will not regret your decision. Backed by more than 120 years of combined experience, our injury lawyers know what it takes to obtain full and fair compensation on your behalf. Contact us today to seek the injury compensation you deserve.