Friday, February 11, 2011

New York Auto Accident Attorney Discusses Injuries From Car Crashes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than two million people were injured or killed in traffic accidents in 2009 in the United States. The NHTSA reported that in 2009 there were 1,156 auto accidents that resulted in fatalities in New York alone. Some common injuries from auto accidents include:

The most common injury resulting from a car accident is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when your neck is forced to move rapidly and uncontrollably. Whiplash can injure your spine, discs, ligaments and muscles in the neck. Whiplash can be short term or life long and can leave the neck forever vulnerable to injury. After a whiplash injury, your neck's natural curve may be reversed. This can distribute the weight of your head unevenly and cause vertebrae damage.

Head, Brain & Spinal Cord Injuries
Auto accidents are a leading cause of head injuries. However, head injuries do not only occur when your head hits the dashboard or the steering wheel; a head injury can occur when the brain experiences a sudden, rapid movement. Concussions are the most common types of head injuries resulting from car accidents. A concussion injury occurs when the brain is bruised by striking the cranium. The injury causes headaches, vomiting, dizziness and problems remembering or concentrating. Other head injuries may affect the brain more severely. Anoxic brain injury occurs when the brain is unable to receive oxygen. Traumatic brain injuries may result from closed or open head injuries and often involves bruising of the brain or swelling of the brain within the skull. Spinal cord injuries can also be life-changing injuries and may result in full or partial paralysis, impaired motor skills, and loss of bowel and bladder functions.

Burn Injuries
Automobiles may ignite in a collision and cause severe burn injuries. Burn injuries may have long recovery periods in specialized burn units. Often, burn victims require multiple skin grafts and/or reconstructive surgery. Burn injuries resulting from car accidents.

If you have been injured in a car accident then contact a New York auto accident attorney at the law firm of Rich & Rich to discuss your case. Sphere: Related Content