There are several dangers for anyone who has been involved in a North Carolina auto accident. Surprisingly, one of the most commonly overlooked risks in a collision is broken glass. Not only do shards of broken glass pose a threat to those inside the vehicles involved in the collision, but broken glass that flies due to the force of impact can become dangerous projectiles. In the worst case scenario, shards that are flying through the air at high speeds can injure and kill an innocent bystander in an instant.
After suffering from broken glass injuries, we encourage you to contact our attorneys right away. You and your loved ones may be entitled to file a lawsuit to recover damages from those at-fault for causing the accident. You may be able to recover losses from current and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages related to the crash.
To begin exploring your legal options, contact our auto accident attorneys today by completing the Free Case Review form to the left.
Common Injuries and Conditions Caused by Broken Glass in a Car Accident
When two vehicles collide, even at relatively low speeds, the force that is generated can be quite massive. Newer model cars are equipped with windshields that are designed to avoid shattering. These windshields are not 100 percent effective, however, especially in high-velocity collisions. Additionally, most rear and side windows are not made of the same material and may not be able to withstand an impact.
Passengers inside a vehicle are completely vulnerable and defenseless to broken glass. Broken glass injuries range in severity, depending on the circumstances of the car accident. Most broken glass injuries could be classified as lacerations, lost limbs, shock and fatality from excessive blood loss.
Surface-level lacerations are arguably the least severe broken glass injury that a car accident victim can suffer. When a victim sustains this type of injury, their skin is simply torn or cut and the deeper body tissue is not penetrated. A surface-level cut usually requires minimal treatment which can include cleaning the wound and possible stitches to stop the bleeding.
More serious lacerations occur when sharp pieces of glass penetrate deep inside the skin. Otherwise called deep-level lacerations, these injuries penetrate through the skin, the underlying skin tissue and muscle fibers, all the way down to the bone. Oftentimes, deep-level lacerations can result in permanent disfigurement and may require amputation if the injury becomes infected.
When a shard of broken glass is large or sharp enough to penetrate almost all the way through the body, the injury can result in a severed limb. Even more dangerous, a victim can suffer from a severed artery if even one shard of glass penetrates the body at an especially vulnerable location. If this happens, the limb may require amputation in order to preserve the life of the injured person.
It is not uncommon for car accident victims to undergo some psychological trauma after being involved in a serious crash. When a victim realizes that they are bleeding profusely from a broken glass injury, managing this trauma only becomes more difficult. An emotional reaction to this type of injury can develop into shock. If not handled immediately, shock can be fatal.
Bleeding to Death
If a shard of broken glass hits the arteries in the neck or any other part of the body that is especially vulnerable, an injury victim can bleed to death in a matter of minutes if medical help does not arrive quickly.
Contact Our Trusted Injury Attorneys Today
At Lewis & Keller, our auto accident lawyers are committed to fighting for the rights of North Carolina residents who have suffered harm at the hands of another driver. With offices located in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, we are available to help all those who have sustained an injury due to no fault of their own.
To make sure that our clients are able to afford representation in their pursuit for justice, our personal injury law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire our attorneys, there is never any cost to you until we are able to obtain a favorable outcome for your claim, whether through a jury verdict or through a settlement with the other parties involved. If we fail to do this, you do not owe us any fees.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to North Carolina broken glass injury victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with a member of our team, contact Lewis & Keller today by completing the Free Case Review form on this page.