Whether you are commuting to work or going away for the weekend, there are many dangers driving on the highway. Unfortunately, the more you are exposed to highway traffic, the higher the risk for accident.
A decade ago no parent could have anticipated texting overtaking drunk driving as the number one threat to the lives of their teens on the road. More deaths of teenagers have been caused by texting than driving, according to reports. How many? 3,000 as a result of texting versus 2,700 resulting from driving drunk. These statistics are undeniably sad and worrisome — many teenagers do not even drink, let alone drive while drunk, but you would be hard pressed to find one that does not text while driving, at least a portion of the time.
Car accidents cause a variety of personal injuries ranging in severity from minor scrapes, cuts, and bruises to broken bones, organ damage and even death.
- Most personal injuries in West Palm Beach are the result of impact. Drivers and passengers slam into part of the vehicle when it collides with another vehicle or an object. Passengers can also experience impact injuries if they are hit by unsecured objects or other passengers when they become airborne during a crash.
- Cuts and tears caused by broken glass or torn metal are also common injuries sustained in a car accident.
- If the car rolls over the occupants can be tossed the vehicle or even ejected from the vehicle.In cases like this injuries can be caused by impact with other passengers or objects or flying glass or parts of the vehicle. The passenger can also receive impact injuries from hitting parts of the vehicle or objects outside the car if he/she is not secured by a seat-belt.
- If an unsecured passenger is ejected the car or other vehicles may crush the passenger.
- Accident analysis points out that, in a head-on crash, common injuries are to the head, neck, chest, legs and feet of the driver and front-seat passenger.
- If the vehicle is hit from the side injuries are most often to the head, chest, abdomen and pelvis of the driver and front seat passenger. During a side-impact accident, rear seat passengers often receive injuries to the head and pelvis.
- Whiplash is the most common injury suffered in a car accident. Whiplash is a neck and/or back injury in where the neck is stretched like a rubber band and then snapped back into place. It is caused by impact or sudden braking. Whiplash can result in damage to the vertebrae, ligaments or disks, or the spinal cord itself. The result can be temporary or chronic back and/or neck pain, discomfort, paralysis or other loss of use of upper and/lower limbs.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can occur as a result of a blow to the head or an object piercing the head. Injuries range from a concussion that heals on its own after a few weeks to severe injury that impairs speech, vision, mobility, concentration, memory and/or emotional control.
- Eye injuries occur as a result of impact with an object. They can be temporary or may result in permanent loss of partial or total sight.
- Injuries to the ear may result temporary hearing impairment or in partial or total loss of hearing.
- Injuries to the facial bones and to the teeth may also result from a car accident.
What the Research Says
Research shows that being seated closer to the point of impact is likely to result in more severe injuries. Severe injuries in a car or auto accident are likely to result in high medical and rehabilitation costs. Loss of work time during recovery is also a significant expense. Crash victims often suffer emotional issues. Their lives may be irrevocably changed.
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