5 of the Most Common Car Accident Injuries

Traffic accidents rank as the 9th leading cause of death in the world. According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT), around 1.3 million people die in road accidents each year, and an additional 20 to 50 million are injured or disabled.

While those are global statistics, the United States road crash data is nothing short of staggering. Statistics provided by ASIRT report that 37,000 people are killed in car accidents in the United States each year, while an additional 2.35 million are injured or disabled.

The injuries or disabilities that result from a car accident will vary depending on the specifics of each collision as well as the person’s location within the vehicle at the time of the accident. Still, there are some injuries that are more common than others.

The biggest factors that determine the type of injury an individual will suffer in a car accident include:

  • Seatbelt use
  • Angle of impact
  • Position of the occupant
  • Speed at impact
  • Airbag deployment
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Injuries as a result of a car accident lead to unnecessary emotional distress and can be a major financial burden on you and your family. The attorneys at the Law Office of Ignacio G. Martinez are well experienced in personal injury cases caused by car accidents and we are ready to fight for you and your loved ones.

Categories of Car Accident Injuries

It’s wise to be aware of the types of injuries that may result from a car accident. There are two major forms of injuries.

  • Impact injuries occur when the individual is hit by or comes in contact with some part of the interior of the car.
  • Penetrating injuries occur when sharp, loose objects pierce the skin resulting in cuts and scrapes.

The type of category of injury and the areas of the body affected will vary in severity.

5 Common Types of Car Accident Injuries

Serious car accidents can cause some truly horrifying injuries that can cause permanent damage and even result in disability. Regardless of the severity of your injury, it is in your best interest to visit a doctor immediately after a car accident to prevent further issues.

Five of the most common car crash injuries include:

  1. Head and Neck Injuries. Among the most serious car accident injuries, head injuries can range from simple strains to severe concussions. Drivers or passengers involved in high-speed collisions can suffer immediate and violent head and neck movement.

    At the lower end of the injury spectrum, there is the well-known car accident injury called whiplash. If the victim’s head comes into contact with an object such as the steering wheel, dashboard, or window, a concussion or lacerations may occur. These types of traumatic brain injuries can lead to concussions.

    In more serious cases, surgery may be required to alleviate internal bleeding and pressure or a coma may result in long-lasting cognitive problems. Symptoms such as disorientation, vomiting, and headaches after an accident are causes to seek immediate medical attention as these may be related to a concussion.

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  3. Back Injuries. Back injuries are also incredibly common in car accidents, much for the same reason whiplash or head injuries happen. The sudden impact at high-velocity can cause damage or inflammation to the spinal cord. Reduced sensation and/or control of the limbs are possible symptoms of nerve damage to the spinal cord.

    Serious back injuries may result in partial or total paralysis. Herniated discs are also a possible injury, and though often less severe than spinal or head injuries, will still cause pain and discomfort.

  4. Chest Injuries. The most typical forms of chest injury are contusions or bruises. However, high-impact or improper passenger or driver positioning may lead to broken ribs or internal injuries. Because of their position behind the steering wheel, drivers are more likely to suffer chest injuries.

    Even the force caused by airbag deployment can be significant enough to cause injury. For passengers, the force of impact coupled with the seatbelt lock can cause some bruising in the chest area.

  5. Broken Bones. Car accidents that occur at high-speeds or which involve roll-overs can lead to broken bones. These can be dangerous injuries as any possible internal damage is difficult to assess by EMT paramedics.

    Broken bone injuries include: broken legs or arms, broken or fractured wrists or ankles, hip fractures, broken ribs, spinal injuries or skull fractures. Individuals who have suffered broken bones or fractures require immediate medical attention.

  6. Scrapes and Cuts. These types of penetrating injuries can also vary in severity. Any loose object inside the car at the moment of collision has the potential to cause a scrape or cut. This can include a purse, cups and mugs and phones that are lying about freely in the vehicle, or broken glass caused by the collision. Airbags may cause similar injuries to passengers.

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3 Items You Should Always Carry In Your Vehicle

Have you been injured in a car accident? The Law Office of Ignacio G. Martinez provides legal services to those who have been involved in a car wreck and have suffered personal injuries at the hands of a negligent driver.

Because accidents happen, our experienced law team aims to share valuable information with members of the local community in case they are involved in one. Having the appropriate documentation in your car at the time of the accident is very important in trying to prove your case.

If there comes a time when you’re asked for these documents by an officer, you don’t want to be caught without them. While it’s easy to lose track of documents over time, any responsible driver should have these 3 items in their car always:

The 3 Most Important Items to Keep in Your Car

  1. Driver’s License. An essential form of ID, your license should be with you at all times. Your license should be carried in your wallet or purse anytime you leave the house, whether you’re driving or not. In the state of Texas, replacing a lost or stolen driver’s license can take around two weeks so be sure you obtain a provisional license in the meantime if you find yourself in this situation.
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  3. Vehicle Registration. This document serves to establish a link between a vehicle and the owner or user of the vehicle. All registered vehicles have a vehicle registration plate and vehicle registration certificate. In the case of a traffic violation, the vehicle registration will aid in identifying a connection between the driver and the car. Presenting an expired vehicle registration may result in a hefty citation, so make sure to renew your documentation with your local motor vehicle agency in a timely manner.
  4. Proof of Insurance. In the state of Texas, as in most states, failure to provide proof of insurance can also result in a traffic ticket. You’ll need to have auto insurance before you can drive a registered vehicle. Car insurance is the most valuable protection you will have when dealing with a car accident. If the person responsible for the accident is without insurance, depending on your policy, your insurance provider may be able to cover the damages.
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Documents You Should Leave At Home

There are some documents related to your vehicle you should keep at home in a safe and secure area. This guarantees you will have easy access to them and that you don’t lose track of them when you need them most.

  • Vehicle Title. Proof of vehicle ownership is an essential document, particularly when dealing with title transfers. A vehicle title will provide official proof of ownership. Replacing this title can be time-consuming, so keep it in a file at home with other secure documents.
  • Insurance Premium Payments. In the case of a car accident, your attorney will need proof that your auto insurance policy premiums are up-to-date and paid in full. Keep statements or bills from your insurance provider to help prove that your policy is active.
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If you or loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident, don’t hesitate to contact the Law Firm of Ignacio G. Martinez today at (956) 542-2264.

The Texas-Mexico attorneys from the Law Office of Ignacio G. Martinez are here to defend you when you have been hurt in a car accident.

Our lawyers in Brownsville can help you fight for the justice and compensation you deserve. Call us today at (956) 542-2264 to schedule a consultation.

What To Do After A Car Accident

Being in a car accident can be a very scary experience. After the impact, you are likely to be confused, stressed, and even a little disoriented.

However, it’s important to try and remain as calm as possible after a car accident, as there are a number of steps that you should you need to take legal action.

The Texas-Mexico attorneys at the Law Office of Ignacio G. Martinez want you to be aware of how to handle the situation so that any legal actions you take work out best for you. Our experienced law team is here to help if you have been the victim of a personal injury caused by a car accident.

Here is what you should do after a car accident:

  1. Collect Information

Assuming you are not injured, the first thing you should do is talk with the other driver(s) involved in the accident to collect names, contact information, driver’s license information, and insurance information.

If possible, you should also write down the license plate numbers of the cars involved in the accident, as well as the make, year, and model.

Even if the driver of the car is not the owner, it is still important to gather this information.

You should also consider taking pictures of road conditions, road signs, skid marks (if any), and the cars involved in the accident.

You will also need to get the contact information of the police officer that responds to the crash and takes down the report. Don’t forget to get the report number for later purposes. While our Brownsville lawyers understand you are likely to be shaken up after an accident, try your best to remain calm and collected so you can get down as many details as possible.

  1. Get Medical Treatment Immediately If Needed

If you are injured in a car accident, then it is absolutely necessary that you get medical treatment immediately. Do not hesitate to ask for an ambulance to take you to the hospital.

Even if you think your injury is “small”, you should not ignore any signs of pain, as these may be symptoms of a more serious injury.

Remember, that the longer you wait to visit a doctor after a car accident, the harder it becomes to prove that those injuries were a direct result of the wreck. Waiting too long can make it difficult to prove a personal injury claim.

  1. During and After Medical Treatment

On your first trip to the hospital, and during all the following medical treatment you may receive, there are some important rules that you should follow:

Always tell the truth to the doctor(s), starting on your first trip to the hospital.

    Failing to be honest about where you are feeling pain – and especially about previous injuries or illnesses – can negatively affect the care you receive as well as hurt your legal case.

  • Make sure to take the medication that has been prescribed to you. You need to follow all medical instructions and take all medication provided to you. If you are afraid of the side effects that can be caused by a specific drug, ask your doctor to see if you can switch over to a different one.
  • Do not stop medical treatment at any time during your personal injury claim.Continue visiting your physician until you are healed or until you are told otherwise by the doctor.
  • Make sure to attend all follow-up appointments. Skipping appointments can look bad on your medical records, and can negatively affect the way a doctor views your commitment to getting better, especially if you need them as a witness. If you must cancel because of an emergency, be respectful and try to reschedule well in advance.
  • Document your injuries.Alongside the previously mentioned tips for treatment, you should also follow up every appointment with pictures and detailed notes of your injuries. Maintaining accurate information regarding your injury and pain can go a long way in proving they are a direct result of the accident.
  1. Gather All the Official Documentation That You Can

In order to build a strong case and to fully establish your evidence, you will want to gather a number of official reports including:

  • Police Report(s): Police will create an official accident report after a car wreck occurs. This report will include the officer’s understanding of what happened, traffic violations that were broken by the negligent party, and whether or not a citation was issued. You should be able to get a copy of the police report at the traffic division department  of the police station in the city where the accident happened.
  • Medical Documents & Reports: If you were injured in an accident, medical reports are going to be the foundation of your legal claim. These documents can include: admitting charts, physician’s notes, diagnosis and prognosis reports, consultations, referrals, test results, and medication receipts.
  • Photos: As previously mentioned, photos can prove to be crucial evidence of negligence by the at-fault driver. Photos help to recreate the accident. Of course, you should only take photos if you are able to do so. Do not risk further bodily injury if the car accident was severe.
  1. DO NOT Talk About the Accident Online

Because of social media, many individuals will get in a car accident and then immediately go online to post about it. This can have serious negative effects on both your legal claim and insurance claim. Do not talk to anyone about the accident besides your lawyer, your insurer, and the police. Should the at-fault driver’s insurance company call you, direct them to your lawyer.

If you or loved one has been seriously injured in car accident, don’t hesitate to contact the Law Firm of Ignacio G. Martinez today at (956) 542-2264.

Our experienced team of attorneys will make it their mission to get you the compensation you need and the justice you deserve.

Don’t let a careless driver get away with the pain they’ve caused; contact our Brownsville lawyers today and let us go to work for you.