It’s not a pleasant thought, but do you know what happens to your body if you are involved in an auto accident?
You are in motion along with your vehicle, and suddenly that motion is suddenly – and dramatically – altered or stopped. Your car has hit another vehicle or a stationary object.
Your car may have stopped, but your body hasn’t, so in the next split second you will strain against the seat belt and potentially hit the steering wheel, windshield or side of the car. The airbags may have deployed, which can cause their own injuries, including whiplash, neck and spine damage and, traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Many different factors affect what happens to your body during a crash, including the type of accident (such as head-on), speed, where you are sitting, what safety equipment is available and whether you struck a solid object or a moving vehicle.
Type of Vehicle Accident Determines Injuries
· A rear-end collision will commonly cause head, neck, spine, and chest injuries. Whiplash frequently occurs when the head moves forward and then backward very quickly.
· Chest and lower limb injuries often result from seatbelt wearers in front crashes. Those who are not wearing seatbelts may suffer pelvis, leg, and chest damage along with severe facial and head injuries.
· A side crash can cause serious injuries even at slower speeds. Those who are sitting on the struck side of the vehicle may have head, abdominal, chest, and lower extremity injuries from striking the door panel. Victims seated on the opposite side of the car may hit the driver or another passenger and suffer head and chest injuries.
· When a rollover occurs, severe injuries may result from striking a vehicle or object. Traumatic brain injury and other serious injuries may result from being ejected from the car.
We Can Help If You Have Been Injured in an Auto Accident
If you or a family member has been harmed by a defective product, car accident, truck accident, construction accident, slip and fall or any other type of personal injury, please contact StolzenbergCortelli, LLC Attorneys at Law immediately. Please call us for a free consultation at our locations in New York County, Rockland County, and Westchester County. Attorneys Howard Stolzenberg and Terrence James Cortelli, personal injury attorneys in White Plains, Nyack and New York City, will fight to secure justice for you and your family. You can reach us at 800-494-0889 or contact us via the website.