In the United States, more than 90 people die in car crashes every day. This averages out to more than 32,000 lives due to car accidents annually. Even if the consequences of a car accident are not fatal, they can still be devastating. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of catastrophic injury, a term that refers to injuries that cause permanent damage to one’s ability to perform work or otherwise enjoy life. Below are a few of the more common catastrophic consequences of car crashes.
It goes without saying that car accidents can cause severe damage to one’s limbs in the form of broken bones. In many cases, limb injuries will heal over time with the proper treatment. Some people are not so lucky, and limb amputation proves to be a more viable option. This means that the victim has an appendage such as a finger, leg, or arm surgically removed. Amputation can leave the victim permanently disabled, and are therefore a common form of catastrophic injury.
Car accidents can be extremely traumatizing events. The threat of permanent disfigurement can make them more difficult to leave in the past. Victims of car accidents are at risk of having their physical appearance permanently altered by the event. This could take the form of facial scarring. There is also the risk of severe burns, which can occur if a vehicle catches fire, or the driver’s skin comes in contact with chemicals or steam.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
Car crashes have the potential to cause traumatic brain injuries, or TBI. TBI refers to an impairment of the brain’s ability to function due to physical trauma. The heavy impact that is typical of car crashes is a leading cause of TBI. This is because of the sudden acceleration or deceleration that results from collision. A severe brain injury can qualify as a catastrophic injury if it manifests as cognitive, social, or behavioral decline.
If you or a loved one has experienced a catastrophic injury due to a car crash, consider hiring the experienced personal injury lawyers at the Snyder Law Group. A lawsuit can go a long way toward offsetting the psychological and financial consequences of life-altering injuries.
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