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There were more than 5.5 million car accidents the United States in 2009. Although fatalities fell from 33,808 in 2009 to 32,788 in 2010, the lowest level since 1949 thanks to better roadways and improved automobile safety features, more than 1.5 million people were injured. Nearly 27% of drivers have been involved in a car crash in the last five years. In this country, the leading cause of death of people ages 1-34 years is from motor vehicle accidents. Car accidents are listed as the leading case of physical impairment and disability in the country.
There were 59,164 serious injury crashes in Texas in 2009. These crashes resulted in 80,640 people sustaining a serious injury. The fatality rate on Texas roadways for 2009 was 1.34 deaths per hundred million vehicle miles traveled. One person was killed every 2 hours 50 minutes. One person was injured every 2 minutes 14 seconds and one reportable crash occurred every 74 seconds.
What are the most common non- fatal injuries from motor vehicle accidents?
The head, neck and back are the parts of the body most commonly injured in traffic accidents. Injuries to the neck include whiplash injuries which are typically not life- threatening, but can lead to a prolonged period of partial disability. There are significant economic expenses related to whiplash that have reached 30 billion dollars a year in the United States and include medical care, disability payments, sick leave, and lost productivity. Back injuries can vary from strains and sprains to spinal fractures, and their consequences range from pain to paralysis. The most serious of all head injuries is traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI symptoms may be mild to severe, but all affect cognitive ability and can have a significant impact on your ability to function.
Other motor vehicle injuries include lacerations and bone fractures in the arms, legs, hands, fingers, wrists, ankles, feet, hips, knees and shoulders. Rotator cuffs are also a common site of injury. Internal organs may be injured and the spleen, kidneys, liver, intestines, heart and lungs are among the organs at risk. Burns can be some of the most physically painful injuries. They can result in multiple surgeries, scarring, loss of function, and emotional pain.
Are symptoms injuries from car accident injuries always immediately apparent?
The symptoms from a motor vehicle accident injury in are not always present immediately following the accident. In fact, the delay of symptoms does not rule out serious injury. Injuries from car accidents range from minor injuries, such as bruises and cuts to severe injuries that disrupt or threaten your life. It is important to get medical help immediately after an accident and whenever symptoms appear.
Motor Vehicle Accident Lawsuits
What should I do if I, or a loved one, have been involved in a motor vehicle accident? It is important to consult a personal injury attorney that is experienced in motor vehicle accident litigation and has the skill and resources to get you the best possible results. The Monsour Law Firm will represent you with the diligence and determination you deserve. We will provide a complimentary case review and recommend a course of action to help you receive the correct compensation for your injuries and financial losses. We can help.