Motor vehicles crashes are the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 5 and 34. Nationally, over 30,000 individuals are killed in automobile accidents each year. Mississippi is ranked as the most dangerous state for automobile accidents, with fatalities exceeding five times the national average. Data shows that nearly 30 people per every 100,000 are killed in car accidents in Mississippi each year. This equates to over 750 auto fatalities a year in our state.
Many individuals who survive car accidents suffer injuries, sometimes permanent, as a result of the accident. Over three million people are injured in car accidents a year, with more than two million of these injuries becoming permanent.
The following is a list of the most common automobile accident injuries:
- Back and neck injuries—countless car accident victims experience these types of injuries each year. Often, back and neck injuries occur due to the sudden back and forth jerking motion following a crash. This violent jerking of the neck, head, and spine results is what is known as whiplash. Over one million individuals are diagnosed as suffering from whiplash each year, and this injury can occur even if you are wearing a seatbelt. A more severe back injury that also commonly occurs in major automobile accidents is a compression fracture. This is more often referred to as a broken back. Essentially, the same back and forth motion that causes whiplash can also compress or crush an individual’s back vertebrae. The result is a broken back which can lead to long term disability and back problems. Prompt medical treatment is recommended to avoid permanent damage.
- Head and brain trauma—concussions or other traumatic brain injuries have become increasingly common as the rate of speed at which cars travel has increased through the years. Concussions can occur when the driver or passenger is flung into the dash or seat in front of them, or when the other vehicle involved pummels into their person. Wearing a seatbelt can dramatically decrease the chance of sustaining a concussion in a crash, but they can still occur. Loss of consciousness, blurred vision, dizziness, headaches, memory problems, and problems concentrating are all signs that you have suffered from a traumatic brain injury. It is imperative that you seek medical attention as soon as you begin experiencing such symptoms.
- Spinal cord injuries—back injuries caused by car accidents can result in lumbar or cervical disc injuries or even nerve damage. Bulging discs, disc herniations, and paralysis are all common injuries sustained in automobile accidents. These spinal cord injuries can lead to chronic pain and suffering. Disc injuries can require surgery, extensive physical therapy, and steroid injections. In the most severe of cases, car accident victims can become paralyzed due to extensive nerve damage. Medical treatment immediately following the accident is vital to prevent further damage and start the recovery process.
These are just some of the injuries that may be experienced by car accident victims. By providing you with a list of the most common injuries, it is our hope that if you are in a car accident, you will recognize the symptoms to watch for and seek prompt medical treatment if you even suspect you have sustained an injury.
If you have been involved in a car accident in Mississippi, call the Giddens Law Firm today. Our team of car accident professionals will immediately begin investigating your case and help maximize your chance of recovering for your injuries. The first consultation is always free, so call the Giddens Law Firm today at 601-355-2022.