Motor vehicle accidents tend to produce the same injuries. Of course, they damage your vehicle and usually cause more or less damage to those in the vehicles.
Most Common Car Accident Injuries Are the Least Serious – Sometimes
The most common injuries in car accidents include:
- Bruises – even in a simple accident, you’re likely to be pushed against your seat belt, causing bruising. Most bruises will not require medical attention and will heal in a week or so.
- Whiplash – Whiplash occurs when the physics of the accident don’t match up well with the ordinary physics of your body’s usual movement patterns. Add in speed, and you’re likely to experience pain in muscles and ligaments that are pulled in novel directions by the forces of the accident.
These are the first group of severe injuries. · Neck & Back Injuries – Again, the intense forces hitting your body during an accident can twist your spinal column and neck in ways they weren’t intended to move. You can end up with far more than a backache, becoming a para- or quadriplegic if the spine is severely injured.
- Concussions & Traumatic Brain Injuries – Hitting your head during an accident can lead to a concussion or, if the impact was hard enough, traumatic brain injury. Concussions are relatively easy to treat and heal, but they can be life-changing, like traumatic brain injuries. These head injuries can create speech or movement deficits, loss of cognitive skills, and permanent loss of intellectual skills.
Not All Motor Vehicle Accidents Are the Same
Accidents involving motorcycles and large commercial trucks present different injuries from auto accidents. The motorcyclist is far more vulnerable to injury because of the lack of the protective frame provided by a car. The most common injuries involve the head, with concussions and potentially profoundly severe skull fractures being the most common. Broken arms and legs are also common, as is road rash.
The other party in a truck accident is more vulnerable because the truck outweighs the car and will win any fight between them. Severe injuries are prevalent in truck accidents, and fatalities are more likely. They include broken bones, traumatic brain injury, internal injuries, and even paralysis. As the biggest kid on the block, the truck does the most damage to anyone it hits.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
Florida has a four-year statute of limitations for most motor vehicle accidents. Consult with a lawyer quickly to make sure you know how long you have to file. Giiven that memories fade, documents disappear, and so do witnesses, it’s essential to consult an experienced accident attorney sooner rather than later.
Will It Cost Me to Find Out About My Case?
No. Stevenson Klotz Injury Layers will meet with you to discuss and evaluate your accident at no cost and no obligation. In fact, our100% satisfaction guarantee says that if you’re unhappy with the way your claim is being handled in the first 30 days, you may take your file and go to another attorney, no fees or expenses, and no questions asked.
Who Decides If My Case Should Be Filed?
Most attorneys handle motor vehicle accident cases on a contingency fee basis. There are subtleties to contingency fee arrangements, but the essence of the fee is that you only pay if the attorney makes a recovery for you. Since the attorneys only get paid if they are successful, they are the ones who ultimately decide whether they will take a given case to court.
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