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5 Most Common Injuries in Car Accidents – Austin Injury Lawyer Insights

By Luke Dow on May 02, 2016

Although car accident fatalities in the United States are declining, more than 2 million people sustain injuries or disabilities in crashes every year, according to the Association for Safe International Road Travel. These victims often face overwhelming medical bills; some cannot return to work, which threatens the financial security of their families.

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If you were injured by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for time off work, health-care expenses and other losses. Although no amount of money can undo the emotional hardship of an accident, a successful claim may help you avoid insurmountable debt.

If the collision happened in Texas, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is an Austin car wreck lawyer who can evaluate your crash and determine if you have grounds for a claim. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.

Read on to learn about the five most common car wreck injuries:

  1. Head Injuries
In a crash, it is not uncommon for drivers and passengers to strike their heads against windows, dashboards and steering wheels. Head injuries are among the most serious crash-related injuries because they can cause traumatic brain damage.

In severe cases, victims suffer life-long disabilities. Head injuries often require physical therapy, long-term medical care and ongoing checkups, which can cost a veritable fortune.

  1. Spinal Injuries
Spinal damage can cause reduced sensation and control of the arms, legs, hands, feet and other body parts. Some victims are permanently disabled. Back injuries are costly to treat and may require years of rehabilitation.

Common spinal injuries include herniated discs, nerve damage and broken vertebrae. Consult a doctor immediately if you notice:

  • Muscle weakness;
  • Tingling sensations;
  • Or chronic leg and arm pain.
  1. Neck Injuries
Whiplash is the most common car accident injury. It results from a sudden movement of the neck and head, which typically happens when a vehicle comes to an abrupt stop. Whiplash can lead to ligament and neck muscle damage, and in more severe cases, it can cause temporary vocal cord paralysis.
  1. Chest and Torso Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, wearing a seatbelt can reduce your chance of dying or sustaining a serious injury by half. However, the force of an accident can cause a chest or torso injury as your body presses against the seatbelt. Examples include:
  • Collapsed lungs;
  • Broken ribs;
  • Internal bleeding;
  • And damage to the pelvis, internal organs or the abdomen.
  1. Facial Injuries
Although facial injuries are not as life-threatening as trauma to the brain and abdomen, they can cause scarring and disfigurement. Some victims require plastic surgery to undo the damage caused by collisions.

Contact an Austin Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Legal Options

If you were injured by a negligent or reckless driver, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm to discuss your legal options. Mr. Dow is an injury lawyer in Austin who will help you navigate the claims process. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.


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