Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that more than two million people are injured in car collisions (often referred to as accidents) on US roads each year. Some of these cases result in no injuries or minor injuries that may not require medical attention. However, there are also cases where injuries can severely disrupt the lives of accidents survivors and their loved ones. Serious injuries after a car accident include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (also called TBIs). Brain injuries may be caused by blunt force trauma or whiplash during a car accident. CDC statistics show that an estimated 17.6 percent of TBI cases each year were caused by motor vehicle accidents.
- Spinal cord injuries. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of spinal cord injuries in the US. A complete spinal cord injury may result in total paralysis below the site of the injury. With an incomplete spinal cord injury, a person may retain some function.
- Broken bones. Broken bones are another common injury after a car accident. Affected parts of the body may include the limbs or facial bones.
- Burn injuries: Motor vehicles can combust during a wreck. Accident survivors may suffer burn injuries. Third and fourth-degree burns may lead to disfigurement.
- Amputations: Blunt force trauma could lead to amputations. Survivors may also undergo amputations for severe burns or to halt the spread of infections.
- PTSD: Car accidents can also cause psychological trauma for survivors. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 9 percent of car accident survivors among the general population develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Questions About Legal Rights After a Car Accident? Call Our Tennessee Car Accident Lawyers
The emotional and financial costs of surviving a car accident can be staggering if you or a loved one have severe injuries. Therefore, it is important to recover the maximum amount of compensation possible. The Tennessee car accident lawyers at Myers & Ball, LLP have experience negotiating settlements with insurers and we are not afraid to go to court when they try to underpay the claims of our clients.
If you have questions about your legal rights after a car accident, then call us for help. Myers & Ball, LLP offers free consultations.