What do you remember about the day you got your driver’s license?
If you’re like most people, your chief memory is your new sense of freedom. You could finally go wherever you wanted, whenever you wanted, without the hassle of dealing with anyone else’s schedules. You remember being absolutely carefree, as if nothing could get you down.
Unfortunately, years later—maybe just as your daughter is about to get her own license—you realize that freedom comes with a dangerous price. Although being able to drive is wonderful, and you wouldn’t deprive your daughter of that essential skill, you’re scared to death that she will get injured in an accident. Thankfully, the several collisions you’ve experienced over the years were at times when she wasn’t in the car, but knowing the personal pain that can come from a collision makes your paranoia that much worse.
You know you can’t protect her 100 percent of the time, but you have to make sure that she knows her risks…even if you don’t want to think about them.
Common Car Collision Risks and Injuries
Car accident fatality data taken from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concludes that during the past decade over 300,000 people have been killed in U.S. car collisions. Data from 2013 alone showed close to 33,000 car accident fatalities and more than 2.3 million cases of severe injuries related to collisions. Amazingly, the 2013 injury and fatality rates are actually lower than previous years, but they are still tragically high.
Although not all collision injuries are fatal, unless you’re lucky enough to survive without any harm, even the smallest injury can be painful. Unfortunately, the likelihood of coming out of a car accident unscathed is pretty low. The majority of traffic collisions cause anything from minor bruising and muscle strains to severe long-term injuries, including:
- Impact injuries. Bruising, lacerations, or broken bones due to vehicle or cargo impact.
- Neck or spinal cord injuries. Whiplash, paralysis, or chronic back pain due to crushing of the vertebrae.
- Head and brain injuries. Brain hemorrhages, concussions, and coma due to severe blows to the head or impact force.
- Abdominal and pelvic injuries, including spleen, kidneys, and liver injuries, as well as broken pelvises due to front or side impacts.
- Ruptured organs, including intestines, stomach, liver, etc., due to impact force and penetration injuries.
- Amputations. Although most common in motorcycle accidents, limbs can be severed by jagged debris or devastating collision forces in any vehicular crash.
- Psychological trauma. Increased anxiety, nervousness and fear of cars or travel,
Help for Better Health and Financial Recovery
It is plain to see that car accidents have the potential to cause serious and lasting harm, no matter who caused them. This means that even if the accident wasn’t your fault, you’ll still wind up paying the consequences.
We don’t think that’s fair!
We believe that you shouldn’t have to pay for the consequences of someone else’s actions. If you’ve recently been injured in a collision as a result of someone else’s poor judgment, you may be entitled to treatment and damage compensation. Contact us today and we’ll provide you with a free consultation to make sure you’re fully aware of your rights and responsibilities to get the recovery you deserve.