Types of Auto Accident Injuries
What Are the Most Common Car Accident Injuries?
North Carolina Auto Accident Attorney Explains
Many of North Carolina’s roads offer scenic views, from Lafayette’s Tour to the Tar Heel Trace and the Outer Banks Scenic Byway. However, traffic accidents are a very real danger on NC roadways. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, over 225,000 motor vehicle accidents were reported in 2014, injuring over 110,000 people. The circumstances surrounding every traffic accident are unique, and so the types of car accident injuries can vary greatly.
If you or someone you love was involved in a car crash in North Carolina, our auto accident attorneys may be able to help. At Riddle & Brantley, we believe that all accident victims deserve justice. We have the resources, determination and compassion to pursue the compensation you deserve in your car accident claim.
Types of Auto Accident Injuries
The severity of the injuries caused by a car crash depends on the circumstances in a collision. Determining factors often include the speed at the time of impact and the type of vehicle involved. Some of the most common types of car accident injuries are:
- Broken Bones. Fractures are a common occurrence in auto accidents due to the force of the impact, which may come from any direction. Bones that commonly break in car accidents include ribs, arms and legs, among others such as the nose or skull.
- Lacerations and Burns. Lacerations, or cuts, can come from auto parts, road debris and objects inside the automobile. Burns are also common car accident injuries due to the extreme heat of some car parts and the possibility of a fire or from the exploding air bag. Both lacerations and burns can lead to deep and extensive scarring, which could require long-term treatment and may cause disfigurement. When an air bag deploys, it can cause fractures to the face and nose.
- Spinal Cord Injury and Paralysis. Back strain is a common car accident injury. A Strain usually heals, but spinal cord damage is often permanent and devastating. Common spinal cord injuries include sprains, fractures and herniated discs, among others. This type of trauma can potentially cause anything from persistent pain to permanent injury, even paralysis.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries. Mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) include whiplash or a concussion. Other more serious forms of TBI can cause permanent brain damage. This type of injury is usually irreversible and can impact a victim’s motor skills, communication skills and ability to live daily life.
- Wrongful Death. When auto accidents result from someone’s negligence and one or more victims are killed, the surviving family members of the victims may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim. These claims usually involve pursuing compensation for the deceased’s lost income, as well as for medical and funeral costs.
Car Accident Injuries? Contact Our North Carolina Auto Accident Attorneys
When recklessness or carelessness causes auto accidents, the result is often painful injuries for the victims. At Riddle & Brantley, we believe that negligent drivers should be held responsible for the damage they cause to innocent North Carolina drivers, pedestrians or cyclists.
Justice counts. That is what our attorneys believe in and that is why we passionately fight to defend the rights of our North Carolina neighbors. We also have the resources to build a powerful car accident claim on your behalf. Depending on your case, this may include hiring expert witnesses and accident reconstruction experts as well as getting access to relevant records.
We also work diligently with your medical providers to make sure we have all of your medical records and bills. In some cases, we request that your providers answer specific questions about your injuries so we can present the full extent of your injuries to the insurance company or a jury. At times, we take the depositions of your doctors so we can present evidence to the jury about your injuries. During a deposition, your doctor can fully explain your injuries and offer his opinions that the vehicular wreck caused them. Your doctor can elaborate on any permanent problems you will have and the cost of future medical care.
Our law firm has offices in Raleigh, Goldsboro, Kinston and Jacksonville, which allows us to represent cases from across North Carolina. Contact us online or call our nearest office to schedule a free consultation about your car crash claim.