Almost 300,000 automobile accidents occur in Florida each year, resulting in more than 2,430 deaths and nearly 20,000 non-fatal injuries. To make matters worse, the vast majority of these accidents are highly preventable. The list of driving habits that can result in these accidents is a long one and includes things such as:
• Not paying attention
• Improper use of lanes
• Running red lights
• Ignoring stop signs
• Use of drugs and alcohol, responsible for roughly 19,000 of Florida’s reported accidents
• Driving while sleep-deprived
Unfortunately, many people engage in these activities regularly while driving. This makes it far more likely that they will cause an automobile accident that results in the death or injury of another person. Here are some of the most common injuries that can happen.
When someone rear-ends you car, it can result in an effect known as whip-lash. When this happens, inertia causes your head to snap backward and then forward abruptly, which can cause muscle strain and even damage the vertebrae. While the problem may resolve on its own given time, in some cases, this can become a life-long debilitating health problem.
Just because a car is equipped with an airbag doesn’t mean you can’t receive a head injury. Side impacts can still cause your head to hit the driver’s side window. In cars without an airbag or if the bag is not working properly, your head may impact the steering wheel. If the force of the accident is strong, it may even be enough to make you hit your head on the windshield. Head injuries, if not fatal, can and often do result in some degree of brain injury. This can have many and varied effects, such as changes in personality, impaired motor function, concussion, brain hemorrhage, seizures, memory loss and coma.
Broken bones are among the most common injuries experienced in an auto accident. While a broken bone may seem like the least of your worries, it can have lasting effects. Bones that mend incorrectly can result in disfigurement and permanent disability. Furthermore, bones are often weak at the break site even if they’ve mended properly. This greatly increases your chances of suffering another breakage in the future. Depending on the severity of the accident, bones can also be shattered to the point that they require extensive surgery to fix. This is a costly endeavor and can leave you permanently disabled.
If you were injured in an auto accident in West Palm Beach, it’s important that you seek the aid of a West Palm Beach car accident lawyer. They will be able to help you pursue compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, medical bills and lost income.