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Motor Vehicle Collisions
The severity of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident depends upon how bad the impact is (the amount of energy and force in the collision).
The majority of deaths from motor vehicles accidents is the result of a head-on collision (60%). Side impact collisions have a 20-35% mortality rate whilst the mortality rate for rollovers is 8-15%. Rear-end collisions are least likely to result in death, with an estimated mortality rate of 3-5%.
Patients who are ejected or thrown out of a vehicle during a collision, are most likely receive traumatic injuries (in fact are 3 times more likely to sustain a significant brain injury). One study has shown that they are 4 times more likely to require hospital admission in an intensive care unit.
What types of injuries can occur to vehicle occupants in car accidents?
- Injuries to the feet and knees- the knees can hit the dashboard causing a posterior dislocation and subsequent injury to the popliteal artery.
- Compression of the chest resulting in fractured ribs, cardiac contusions or pneumothorax.
- Movement of internal organs, laceration to the spleen or liver.
- Head injuries as the head strikes the windshield or steering wheel.
- Neck injuries (whiplash), hyperflexion, hyperextension, or compression injuries.
- Impact is usually applied to the lateral chest, abdomen, and pelvis and, as such, injuries to the abdomen and thorax are more frequent in lateral (side) collisions than in frontal collisions.
- Injuries to the chest include rib fractures, flail chest, and pulmonary contusion.
- Lateral compression often causes injuries to the liver, spleen, and kidneys, as well.
- Neck (cervical spine) whiplash-type injury are most common in these types of car accidents.
What types of injuries can occur to Pedestrians?
In the majority of cases where a pedestrian has been hit by a car, the injury will usually be in the lower extremities (legs) because of the height of the car’s bumper bar being around the height of the victim’s knees. Pedestrians that are struck by larger vehicles like trucks usually receive injuries to the chest and abdomen.
The impact of a car on a pedestrian can be extremely damaging, not just to the legs. As the lower extremities are pushed forward by the moving car, the trunk and head will then forcefully fall down on the hood of the car. So the result can be severe head trauma as well. The typical injury pattern that results is fractures to the tibia and fibula, injury to the trunk such as rib fractures or rupture of the spleen, and injury to the brain.
The impact of Multiple Injuries
Car accidents typically result in multiple and severe injuries. The result is the need for hospital, rehabilitation and medical treatment which can be costly. Factor in the time lost from work (loss of income), and the impact on daily activities such as not being able to care for yourself and your family, not being able to undertake domestic chores, and it becomes evident that these accidents can place a heavy and ongoing burden on victims and their families.
Compensation for Injuries from a Motor Vehicle Accident
If you have suffered injuries from a motor vehicle accident, whether as a driver, a passenger or a pedestrian, you may be entitled to compensation. Our lawyers can help you get the money that you deserve to pay for your expenses and loss of income as a result of the impact of the accident on your life.
Do not delay in seeking legal advice as time limits apply. Contact us for more information on how to pursue your rights in making a car accident injury claim.