Nearly countless factors can influence the severity of a motor vehicle collision. From the types of vehicles involved to the speeds at which they are moving, these factors can turn a simple fender-bender into a devastating collision with catastrophic injuries.
Vehicle occupants can suffer a wide range of injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI): Either due to the head striking a structure in the vehicle or the sudden jarring motion of the brain within the cranium, vehicle occupants can suffer TBI. The TBI can impact either the structure of the brain or its function, leaving victims with severe cognitive disabilities. From memory problems to trouble holding a conversation, a TBI can lead to lifelong consequences.
- Paralysis: Damage to the spinal cord can lead to trouble with the limbs or internal organs. Depending on the position of the injury, the victim can suffer paraplegia, hemiplegia or quadriplegia. Additionally, the damage can lead to organ failure.
- Amputation: Whether it is a crush injury requiring emergency surgery or a limb that was removed in the force of the accident, a vehicle occupant could struggle with amputation. An individual could lose a hand, arm, leg or another body part in a severe accident. These injuries can have a devastating, life-altering impact.
While there are myriad examples of severe injuries, these are three of the most dangerous. Vehicle occupants can suffer broken bones, lacerations, burn damage and torn ligaments. Serious collisions can often result in fatality. It is important to explore any legal options for monetary compensation after a motor vehicle accident involving cars, trucks or motorcycles.