According to studies from the U.S. Department of Transportation, a person suffers from an injury due to a motor vehicle crash every 16 minutes in the United States. While injuries range significantly in severity depending upon a variety of outside factors, the accident rate in the U.S. has continued to be a problem. As more and more motorists continually enter the roadways throughout the nation and in North Carolina in particular, traffic congestion creates a number of threats to driver safety. When a collision occurs, the drivers involved are typically of focus. However, little attention is given to the number of passenger injuries suffered during these collisions.
When an auto accident occurs, the operator of the vehicle is often overwhelmed in dealing with insurance companies, physical injury, property damage, and many other elements involved in a traffic crash. However, drivers seldom think about the potential passenger injuries that those who were involved in the accident may be suffering. The complexities involved in motor vehicle collisions where a passenger is injured are enormous. North Carolina laws regarding accidents and injuries to passengers are intricate. Therefore, it is often difficult for passengers who have suffered to navigate through the many different factors involved in a personal injury case.
Lewis & Keller has proudly served North Carolina residents for many, many years. During this time, our personal injury lawyers have come to understand just what it takes to be successful in the courtroom. We understand how stressful these times can be for accident victims and their loved ones. As such, our auto accident attorneys focus on your case while you are left to concentrate on recovery. If you or a loved one has suffered passenger injuries during a NC crash, Lewis & Keller is here for you.
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Common Passenger Injuries
Each year over 1,000 North Carolina residents are killed due a motor vehicle crash. While the drivers are typically the most vulnerable parties involved in the collision, passengers are most certainly susceptible to a wide range of injuries. For instance, if a side impact crash were to occur on the passenger’s side of the vehicle, the passenger occupant is clearly in danger. In the United States, accidents rank 5th as the leading cause of death in the country. Clearly, auto crashes are a serious concern for both drivers and passengers.
Passengers are placed in a unique position while traveling along the roads and highways of North Carolina. While the driver is in control of the vehicle the passengers are left vulnerable to their actions. As such, a passenger is unable to react quickly in the event of a crash, as the driver typically sees this coming before any passenger is able to recognize a dangerous situation. The inability to react quickly causes a number of severe passenger injuries. The following are the most common types of injuries suffered by passengers:
Auto accidents are the leading cause of bone fractures. When the force of an impact is too strong for the bone to withstand the crash, the passenger often sustains broken bones or severe fractures. While bone fractures are not a permanent injury, they often inflict a great deal of pain on the accident victim.
Unfortunately, head injuries are amongst the most common damages sustained in a car crash. Ranging from mild to severe, these injuries are often sustained by passengers who are unable to react quickly to a collision. Skull fractures, concussions, and traumatic brain injuries are some of the most commonly seen types of head injuries in passengers.
When a severe blow to the head occurs in a crash, the passenger may sustain brain injuries. Brain injuries are incredibly difficult to recognize, as symptoms and signs often appear days after the initial damage took place. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) may cause either temporary or permanent damage to the brain.
When an abrupt jerking motion takes place in the head and neck, either forward or backward, a whiplash injury is often sustained. While the severity of injury will relate directly to recover time, those who suffer whiplash injuries often suffer from chronic pain.
Ranging from strains, sprains, herniated disks, and fractured vertebrae, back injuries are some of the most painful and irritating injuries involved in a traffic accident. Typical treatment for back injuries includes rest, ice, medications, physical therapy, and in the most severe cases, a surgery may be required.
Spinal Cord Damage
When a sudden blow during an auto accident causes a fracture or dislocation in the vertebrae, spinal cord damage occurs. When the impact is severe enough, pieces of the vertebrae may penetrate the spinal cord tissue, press down on the nerves, and block their ability to carry signals. Complete spinal cord injuries involve the loss of almost all feeling and ability to control one’s movement. In these cases, paralysis may result from the injury. Incomplete spinal cord injuries refer to some movement and feeling lost, but only partially.
Sadly, far too many passengers are unable to sustain their injuries during severe motor vehicle collisions. The family members of the lost loved ones may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, and any other costs associated with the accident victim’s death.
Contact an Experienced Greensboro Accident Lawyer Today
With offices located in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, Lewis & Keller has proudly served the state of North Carolina for many years. Our personal injury lawyers maintained a supreme level of knowledge and experience in auto accident law, especially in relation to passenger injuries.
When an accident occurs, we understand the stress and pressure that the victims and their loved ones are under. Therefore, our accident attorneys take the time to get to know both you and your case. In doing so, you are able to focus on recovery while our lawyers handle the litigation proceedings.
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