Driving is a privilege and not a right. This is a saying that you most often hear around the time you are learning how to drive for the very first time. It is true. But, even though it is true there are still drivers out there who have no regard for others around them on the roads of New Orleans and the rest of Louisiana. Car accidents seemingly happen every minute of the day. Why? It's because there are distracted, impaired, drowsy, inexperienced and reckless people behind the wheel of all types of motor vehicles. Keep reading below for the most common injuries after a car accident.
Injuries to the Neck and Chest
Two of the most common areas car accident victims suffer injuries are the neck and the chest. These injuries are most often caused by what is known as whiplash. Whiplash can be as minor as resulting in a sprained neck and as major as resulting in damage to the chest cavity. Pain in general in the area of the neck and some swelling can be expected when suffering from whiplash, which is the sudden and violent movement of the head and neck. Whiplash is most often caused by being hit from behind in an accident.
Injuries to the Back and Head
A vehicle collision can also cause the driver or the passenger to suffer injuries to their back and head, especially if the crash happened at high speeds. It's not out of the question to strike your head on the steering wheel, the side window, or the dashboard. If your head collides with one of these areas of the vehicle you could suffer injuries ranging from a concussion to a traumatic brain injury (TBI) to a coma. Any of these injuries could wind up causing you lifelong cognitive issues.
Victims of car accidents can also wind up suffering significant damage to the nerves or muscles in their backs in serious car accidents. If the back injury is serious enough it could lead to reduced control or sensation with the arms, feet, hands, legs and other areas of the body. It is also common in car accidents for victims to suffer permanent disability or paralyzation as a result of a car accident.
Injuries to the Extremities
Injuries to the extremities can occur in any type of car accident but are most often found in accidents involving pedestrians or motorcycles. The reason for this is that these people are not provided the same level of protection as if they were riding in a car, truck, van or SUV. These injuries can include torn muscles or tendons, broken bones, and even severed limbs. It's not out of the question for the driver of any motor vehicle to suffer an injury to an extremity, especially if the crash is violent and traps the victim in the vehicle.
Contact an Experienced Attorney Today
Were you injured in a car accident in New Orleans? If so, it's important that you protect your rights immediately by speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney. The team at the Schwartz Law Firm has your best interest in mind when representing you in a car accident injury case. The experienced team will work hard to protect your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve for the injuries you suffered in the crash. Call the office at 504-837-2263 to schedule a consultation with one of our trusted attorneys.