Car accidents are frighteningly common occurrences. According to findings published by the Insurance Information Institute, there were approximately 1.72 million injury car accidents in 2015. This number includes injury accidents involving other motor vehicles, fixed objects, non-fixed objects, and non-collisions. This number, however, does not include fatality accidents or property-damage-only accidents. The total number of accidents in 2015 alone soared above six million, a number that fluctuates only slightly year after year. What these numbers indicate is that, despite the increased safety regulations and stricter driving laws, motor vehicles are inherently dangerous. These findings show the importance of having a practiced car accident lawyer on your side.
If you are like most Idaho drivers, you take every precaution to keep yourself and others safe on the road. However, if in spite of your precautions you were involved and injured in a car accident, the accident may have been the fault of a negligent driver. If it was, it may be in your best interests to retain the help of an experienced car accident lawyer to fight on your behalf for the compensation you need to recover from your injuries in comfort.
Types of Injuries To Expect in an Idaho Car Accident
As to be expected, Idaho car accident injury rates are just a fraction of the overall nation’s rates. However, that does not mean the state and its residents do not suffer because of negligent drivers. According to the Idaho Transportation Department, car accident injuries and fatalities cost the state of Idaho roughly $4,256,980,523 in 2016. The emotional and physical toll was comparable:
- 253 fatalities
- 1,332 serious injuries
- 4,251 visible injuries
- 8,081 possible injuries
Though the 13,664 serious, visible, and possible injuries ranged in variety and severity, the American Bankruptcy Institute suggests there is a trend in the type of harms victims sustain in car accidents. Below are the six most common types of car accident injuries:
Soft Tissue Injuries
According to the institute, soft tissue injuries are the most common injury sustained in vehicle crashes. Soft tissue injuries include whiplash, contusions, back sprains and strains, and torn ligaments. These types of injuries occur when the body is suddenly forced to react in an unnatural way, thereby causing the muscles, tendons, and ligaments to stretch in ways in which they are not supposed to. Soft tissue injuries are usually not permanent, but they can cause chronic pain for an extended period of time.
Arm and Leg Injuries
Arm and leg injuries result when the force of the impact between the vehicle and the other object causes the vehicle occupants to lose control of their limbs. The limbs may be thrown forcefully against a door, the dash, or the seat ahead, thereby causing bruising, fractures, and breaks. In some instances, the sudden force may cause a person to tear muscles and ligaments in their limbs.
Scrapes and Cuts
Scrapes and cuts are the most minor of car accident injuries and typically do not necessitate medical care or the need for a car accident lawyer. However, they can cause discomfort, which is why drivers should be aware of how they occur. Scrapes and cuts are generally the result of objects, such as cell phones, purses, glasses, and coffee mugs, flying around in the vehicle upon impact. If there are glass objects in the vehicle, they may shatter and send shards into the skin, which can be extremely painful. If not removed and cleaned properly, these types of injuries may result in infection.
Head injuries are among the more severe type of injuries sustained in Idaho car accidents. Head injuries can include minor harms such as concussion or contusions, or they can be medical emergencies. Examples of medical emergency head injuries would include traumatic brain injury, impalement by a foreign object, hemorrhage, skull fracture, and diffuse axonal injury. The latter type of injuries often leads to irreparable damage and/or disfigurement and necessitate extensive and possibly ongoing medical care and therapy. If you or a loved one sustained a head or brain injury in an Idaho car accident, contact a car accident lawyer.
Chest injuries range in severity and can be as minor as bruising of the chest plate or as severe as broken ribs and ruptured organs. Chest injuries occur when the force of the impact throws the driver against the steering wheel or when a passenger is launched against the dashboard. Though seat belts go a long way toward protecting car occupants in the event of an impact, they often cause bruising to the chest. The same can be said for airbag deployment. In addition to causing bruising, airbags are also known to break bones in the face and possibly cause fractures to the arms.
Car accidents can be traumatic events, especially when they result in severe injuries, pain, and death. Because of this, it is not uncommon for car accident victims to experience post-traumatic stress disorder or some level of emotional distress after the fact. This distress may make accident victims fearful of getting back into a vehicle, which can make it difficult for them to get to work, doctor’s appointments, family events, and other places. Though this type of injury is not visible, it is extremely debilitating.
Your Options After an Idaho Car Accident
If you or a loved one sustained serious, medically costly, and life-changing injuries in a car accident caused by another person’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated for the harms done to you. You may be able to recover that compensation with the help of a car accident lawyer.
However, you shouldn’t have to process your personal injury claims on your own. Insurance companies will, oftentimes, try to downplay your injuries and offer you as little compensation as possible. By having an experienced car accident lawyer from The Idaho Advocates on your legal team, we can help you understand these tactics, and instead, negotiate for a fair settlement on your behalf. If necessary, your car accident lawyer may go to court and present your case in such a way that the jury cannot help but agree that the other party is indeed liable for your injuries and that you should be compensated. To speak with a lawyer today, contact The Idaho Advocates at 208-995-2444 or online today.
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