Every day the sun rises and sets. You can count on that. You can also count on being in at least one car accident during the course of your lifetime. Unfortunately, they seem to happen far more often than we would like to think, and even though we may “drive carefully,” this doesn’t address how the “other” driver is handling their vehicle.
While it’s a fact that a great many car accidents may be minor and result in bumps and scratches, the potential is ripe for serious personal injuries. When involved in a crash where two cars, weighing an average of 4,000 pounds each, meet in places they should not, the damages may be life altering.
The truth is that every time we get behind the wheel of a car, we are taking our lives in our hands. Just about anything may go wrong at any time and even if we are paying attention to the rules of the road, that won’t hold water if someone turns in front of you and you have nowhere to go but straight into the side of their vehicle.
Unfortunately, the statistics tell us a story about the number one cause of most car accidents – driver distraction. Driver distraction actually accounts for up to 50% of all the car crashes in America today. Put talking on a cell phone, texting while driving and other tasks like adjusting the car radio into the possible fatal distractions category.
The most common injuries afflicting people involved in car crashes are those that affect the back and neck area. For instance, whiplash leads the list of things to expect as the result of a collision. This involves the head literally whipping back and forth at a rapid speed as it is first propelled forward and then backward during the accident. The result? Neck hyperextension which, even a lower speeds, tears tendons and muscles in the neck.
Even first degree whiplash includes swelling, neck pain, tenderness of the neck, difficulty moving the head, headaches, shooting pains in the arms and muscle spasms. However, don’t assume it is whiplash, as your neck may also be fractured or sprained, as the symptoms are similar.
Traumatic brain injury is another life altering event which occurs if your head strikes something hard while in the car. The brain is slammed into the skull causing something called coup and contrecoup injuries, which means bruising and swelling of the brain. If not treated immediately, it may cost someone their life.
The most critical thing you need to know and do if you have been involved in a car accident is seek medical attention. It does not matter if you think the injuries are minor, as even seemingly harmless injuries have a way of manifesting themselves into something far more serious later. This is particularly true of neck, head and back injuries. In order to sue the other driver if there is negligence involved, you must have medical proof of injuries sustained to show in court. Never “skip” doing this, as it may cost you the right to file a valid claim.
Whatever the reasons were for your accident, the injuries you sustained may change your life. You may have a right to sue to recover damages for pain and suffering, medical bills and even punitive damages. In order for an attorney to assess your case, you need to provide all the information you can, including medical records, photos of the scene of the accident, insurance information, etc.
You also need to speak to an attorney immediately and not wait or valuable evidence may wind up being lost, which may affect your ability to file suit. The Atkinson Law Firm knows that time is of the essence in matters such as this, and handles each case expeditiously and aggressively. They know that each case they agree to litigate is important to the person who has brought it to them and personally deal with each client. When the law matters, The Atkinson Law Firm is there to make it work for you.