Internal Injury Risks of Car Collisions
It never fails—every time you reach the traffic light in front of your house, you get the red light. You thought this time was different as you were about 20 feet away and it was still green. However, the “light gods” were apparently just teasing you, because when you got about 10 feet away it turned yellow, and was red by the time you got to the intersection. You slammed on your brakes with indignation and watched your purse going flying to the floor. As you leaned over to pick it up...BAM! You were rear-ended.
Your head slammed into the steering wheel and you could feel your entire car as it was pushed into the intersection. You managed to groggily look up just as crossing traffic slammed into your front and spun you around—then you blacked out.
When you awoke, you were being carried to an ambulance and you could see blood pooling on your shirt. Although you couldn’t see what was causing the blood, by the look of concern on the EMT’s face, you knew it wasn’t good. Your head was throbbing and your vision blurred again as you passed out.
What happened? Are you going to be alright? Where was the blood coming from?
Dangers of Unseen Injuries
According to the United States Department of Transportation, over 8,000 people a day are injured in traffic collisions. This means that every hour, nearly 300 husbands, mothers, sons, and daughters experience some sort of pain and suffering due to reckless driving. Many of these injuries are minor, resulting in cuts, bruises, and the occasional whiplash. However, roughly 32 percent of these injuries—many of which are fatal—dangerously affect internal organs, arteries, tissues, and body functions.
Common internal injuries include:
- Penetrative wounds. When impact force works on broken glass and sheared metal, it can cause these sharp objects to stab, thrust, and penetrate your body. This penetration can cause severe internal damage.
- Severed arteries, veins, and organ tissue. Penetrations, crushing pressure, and sharp debris can tragically cut or shear veins, arteries, and organs causing massive damage.
- Internal bleeding. Severed arteries, stabbed organs, and deep wounds can cause excessive bleeding, that if aren’t immediately treated can cause you to fatally bleed out.
- Organ failure. Loss of blood and internal damage can cause your organs to not receive the proper oxygen and nutrients they need to function. If they are denied these essentials for too long, their tissues will die and the organs will shut down.
- Concussions. Impact force can cause your brain to crash into the inside of your skull, essentially internally bruising itself. This bruising can result in a concussion.
- Brain damage. Severe concussions, head impacts, and brain hypoxia can all lead to brain degeneration. If not diagnosed and treated immediately this damage could be life-altering or even fatal.
Breaking Free From Internal Struggle and Getting the Justice You Deserve
Collision injuries can be excruciatingly painful while also affecting your future. Depending on the severity of your wounds, recovery can last weeks, months, or even years—and in some cases, you may never get back to how you once were. Treatments can affect your mental state, but not being able to work will also have a huge impact on your financial future.
This is why we believe that you deserve help and stability throughout your recovery.
If you’ve recently been injured, or know someone who has recently been injured in a car accident, contact us today. No one should have to pay for someone else’s misguided actions. Call now for a free consultation, and break free from the financial, emotional, and unfair constraints of your car accident.
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