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October 27, 2017

Common Injuries Involved in Car Accidents

Car Accident Lawyers in PA

There’s no getting around it—car accidents are dangerous. Not all car accidents, however, are created equal. Some are more dangerous and more prone to cause serious injuries. When you get behind the wheel in Pennsylvania, remember to follow the safety rules of the road and to drive defensively. Even the safest driver, however, may be involved in a collision.

Side-Impact Accidents

Side-impact accidents, which are also known as T-bone or broadside accidents, are among the most dangerous car accidents, especially for those cars that lack side airbags. Side-impact crashes are also the most likely to come out of nowhere, as the other driver slams into you from the side. These accidents are more dangerous because they offer no crumple zone, such as the trunk in the back of the car or the hood in the front, to protect drivers or passengers.

Side-impact crashes can lead serious injuries, including:

  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Herniated discs
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Whiplash
  • Dislocated limbs
  • Nerve and spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
  • Injuries caused by being crushed
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Rear-End Collisions

You might think rear-end collisions don’t amount to much more than fender benders. While this is sometimes true, rear-end accidents can be extremely dangerous. On the busy streets of Philadelphia, these accidents are common.

Rear-end collisions can happen anywhere, but because the speeds on surface roads are typically much slower, surface road collisions are often less dangerous. When these collisions occur at higher speeds, however, they can result in much more severe injuries. Due to the powerful whipping motion that rear-end accidents thrust on the head and neck, they are closely associated with neck injuries, such as whiplash—which can lead to ongoing symptoms and complications:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Emotional complications, including depression or anxiety
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Pain in the back, shoulder, arm, or jaw
  • Furthermore, other injuries are frequently associated with rear-end crashes:
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Leg, ankle, and foot injuries
  • Facial lacerations

If you experience any of these symptoms or injuries after a rear-end collision—no matter how minor it may seem—seek immediate medical attention. The sooner your condition is identified, the better chance you have to fully recover.

Head-On Collisions

Head-on injuries are not only exceedingly dangerous but also terrifying. Speed, rural roads, distracted driving, fatigued driving, impaired driving, adverse weather conditions, ignored traffic signs and signals, and dangerous passing can all contribute to head-on collisions. Head-on collisions can lead to a host of extremely serious injuries:

  • Whiplash
  • Neck and shoulder injuries
  • Facial lacerations and broken facial bones
  • Back and spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Abdominal injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Leg, ankle, and foot injuries

Accidents and Injuries

Car accidents can vary from minor to deadly, and the seriousness of the injuries they cause can vary accordingly. Never simply ignore a car accident. If it’s significant enough to jolt you, you need to seek medical attention. Some injuries, such as TBIs, whiplash, and soft-tissue injuries, can come on slowly—but may have disastrous long-term effects. The best way to avoid a car accident is to follow the rules of the road and not drive while fatigued, distracted, or impaired, give other drivers plenty of space, and drive defensively. Even with all these precautions, however, accidents do happen.

Your Claim

Car accident claims can be especially complicated. You’ll probably be called upon to give a statement, to complete complicated paperwork, and to come up with piles of documentation. These tasks are all important to your successful personal injury claim, but if you’ve been injured because of another driver’s negligence, you’re probably far too distressed to adequately attend to them. In protection of your rights, an experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer will effectively manage all of your claim’s details. Your case, your rights, and your just compensation matter.

If You’ve Been Injured in a Car Crash, Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

If you were injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you are no doubt overwhelmed and in need of a skilled Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, personal injury attorney. Car accident claims are notoriously complicated, but the experienced legal team at The Levin Firm is here to help. We have the knowledge, dedication, and skill to fight for the compensation you’re entitled to. Please contact or call us at (215) 825-5183 today.

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