Common Car Accident Injuries in Florida
Florida has had over 200,000 car crashes so far in 2018 and is on track to meet or beat 2017’s 401,078 crashes. In 2017, there were over 166,000 car crashes involving a total of 253,773 injuries and 3,070 deaths. If you or a loved one was injured in a car crash in Florida, talk to Miami car accident lawyer Prosper Shaked about your case today. Many car crashes occur in the same common ways, such as head-on collisions, T-bone car accidents, and failure to yield crashes. In the same manner, many crashes result in some of the same, common injuries. Whether you have common or uncommon car accident injuries, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit and seek compensation for your injuries, and The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked may be able to help.
Common Types of Injuries from Car Accidents in Florida
Cars are designed with crumple zones, air bags, seat belts, headrests, and other safety devices intended to keep you safe. These work to protect you specifically from some of the most common and most severe car accident injuries. Despite the safety features in most modern cars, you can still suffer many of these injuries because of the dangerous circumstances that caused the accident. The following are examples of some of the most common types of injuries you can face in a car crash:
Cuts and Scrapes
Car accidents can involve flying debris that may enter your car. Especially if a window or the windshield breaks, bits of broken glass could cause cuts. If your head hits the steering wheel or another part of the interior of the car, you could receive cuts on the thin skin of your scalp or forehead. Especially if you receive cuts on your face or scalp, you may need help from a specialist, like a plastic surgeon, to prevent serious scarring.
In cases where the interior of the car is crushed by another car or the force of the impact, you could suffer broken bones in your legs or arms. Drivers and passengers may stiffen their arms against the steering wheel or dashboard, which could result in broken bones when your body weight is forced against your arms. Additionally, impacts from the airbag or force of the crash could break ribs. In more serious cases, you could face skull fractures, broken bones in your back or spine, or other broken bone injuries.
Many car accidents result in some degree of whiplash injuries. Whiplash occurs when your head whips back and forth during a crash, putting extreme pressure on the muscles and tendons in your neck. A series of pulls and strains can create stiffness, pain, and lowered flexibility in the neck. In some cases, whiplash can be a long-term injury, taking months or years for the pain and stiffness to reduce. Some victims may never fully recover. These injuries are especially common in rear-end collisions and commonly occur even in low-speed crashes.
Damage to the spine can also occur in low-speed accidents. Spinal cord injuries include any damage to the bundle of nerves that runs through your spine, but you can also suffer other injuries to your back. Low-back injuries are some of the most common injuries from car accidents and often include bulges or undue pressure on the padded “disc” tissue between the bones in your spine. Other back injuries can involve broken vertebra and other serious injuries. Any damage or pressure from misalignment can cause pain, numbness, or complete or partial paralysis below the point of injury.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Serious blows to the head can cause lasting traumatic brain injury (TBI). Airbags and head restraints work to keep your head from moving too much during an accident, and the interior of most cars (e.g., the dashboard and steering wheel) are made of soft materials to absorb impact if your head does strike something inside the car. However, you could still hit your head against the window or any items that break into the interior of the car. If an object strikes your head, it could cause blunt force trauma or penetrate the skull, causing severe damage to brain tissue. Severe brain damage does not heal the same way that damage to bones or muscles does, and it may result in motor control issues, memory issues, cognitive problems, and other serious health issues.
Call for a Free Consultation with Our Miami Car Accident Lawyer
If you or a member of your family was injured in a car crash in Florida, contact Miami personal injury lawyer Prosper Shaked today. The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked offers free consultations on car accident cases and other personal injury cases to help victims understand what their injuries might be worth. For help understanding your right to sue and the damages you may be entitled to, contact our law offices today at (305) 690-0244.