In 2013, an estimated 2.3 million people were injured in traffic accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Some injuries are relatively minor, such as soft-tissue injuries, while others are catastrophic, such as spinal cord damage.
The impact of car accidents not only can be emotionally and physically damaging, but they also are quite costly. The NHTSA reports, “The price tag for crashes comes at a heavy burden for Americans at $871 billion in economic loss and societal harm. This includes $277 billion in economic costs – nearly $900 for each person living in the United States… and $594 billion in harm from the loss of life and the pain and decreased quality of life due to injuries.”
Common Types of Car Accident Injuries
Our firm has handled numerous types of car accident claims, and we’ve come across a wide variety of injuries. Below are some of the most common injuries that are listed on claims.
- Whiplash and other soft-tissue injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Internal organ damage and internal bleeding
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
Factors that Affect the Outcome of a Crash
The types and severity of injuries that occur in a crash are influenced by several factors, including the following. (The statistical facts below are attributed to the NHTSA.)
- Seat belt usage (Wearing seat belts can prevent $69 billion in medical care, lost productivity, and other injury-related costs.)
- The direction in which the car was struck, e.g., rear-end, side impact or head-on
- Speed of the vehicles (Speeding is the cause of 24 percent of the overall societal harm caused by motor vehicle crashes.)
- Type of vehicle
- The influence of alcohol (Drunk driving crashes account for 18 percent of the total economic loss due to related to traffic accidents.)
- Safety features on the vehicle, such as airbags
Contacting a Car Accident Attorney in Ohio
If you were seriously injured in a car accident, it’s advantageous to have an attorney review your case. You might be able to recover a settlement for your damages and a lawyer can ensure that the value of your claim is maximized.
For legal counsel from a well-established firm in Ohio, call Bressman Law. Our team has the resources and skills to collect evidence to support claims, prove fault and ensure our clients get the full amount they’re entitled to so that they can get the care they need for their injuries. Contact us today at 614-538-1116.