With more and more people on Maryland roads each year, the risk of being involved in an auto accident is unfortunately very high. Each year, more than 6 million car accidents, on average, occur in the U.S., resulting in 3 million injuries (2 million of which are permanent).
From 2003 to 2007, there was an average of 103,734 car crashes in Maryland alone, according to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. The total number of injuries that occurred during this five year period was 36,681.
Before and after an accident, it is important to understand and recognize the most common types of car accident-related injuries, particularly because a number of injuries may not show up immediately following a crash. The following are the five most common:
- Back injuries – The impact of a crash and the resulting torque on the bodies of drivers and passengers can cause several kinds of back injuries, including strains, fractures, sprains, and spinal cord injuries. Even the most serious back injuries may take some time to show up, and the pain can be long-lasting.
- Neck injuries – A common car accident injury, these can range from mild, like whiplash or neck strain, to serious, such as vertebral disc injury.
- Brain and head injuries – A common injury for drivers and passengers is a closed head injury, such as a mild concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even if there are no physical signs of trauma, the brain is at risk of being jostled because of an accident’s impact, and brain injuries can occur as a result.
- Face injuries – Injuries to the face can be caused by almost anything in a crash, such as shattered glass or an airbag. Injuries can also range from mild to the severe and can include scrapes, bruises, and lacerations.
- Psychological injuries – Non-physical injuries are likely to occur, especially after collisions that result in severe injuries or death. Victims may experience long-term psychological injuries such as emotional distress or symptoms that resemble post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Car accident injuries, whether physical or not, can affect the life of a person long after a crash occurs. When an accident has been caused by another party’s negligence, an accident victim has the right to pursue compensation from the at-fault party to help with injury recovery. The Waldorf car accident lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC can aid you in seeking the compensation you need to get back on your feet. Call (301) 812-4777 for a no-cost consultation.