Posted on June 08, 2015 in
Car accidents happen everyday, even to the most attentive and experienced drivers. While many walk away from these accidents with minor injuries, most do not. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute reported that over 30,000 people were killed in car accidents across our nation in the year 2013. Of those reported fatalities, 542 occurred in the state of New Jersey, and 1,208 people were killed in Pennsylvania car accidents. Despite these alarming numbers, 2013 had the second lowest number of fatal car accidents since 1975 when the Institute started tracking data.
Those who survive car accidents are often left with serious injuries and permanent disabilities. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that approximately 2.31 million people were injured in car accidents across the U.S. in 2013. And, with an estimated 10 million unreported accidents each year in our country, there is a significant potential for much higher numbers. A competent and reputable New Jersey car accident lawyer can help you and your family claim compensation for your medical costs, rehabilitation therapy, and lost wages if you are injured or killed in a car accident.
Severe and Permanently Disabling Injuries from Car Accidents
Fatal and severe injuries often result from car accidents. Even minor accidents have the potential to cause serious and life-threatening injury. The most common injuries reported in car crashes include:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A traumatic brain injury occurs when the force of collision causes the driver’s head to move about forcefully or hit metal and hard surfaces. The impact of the crash actually jars the brain to hit the inside of the skull, often many times before the momentum of the crash settles. Cognitive difficulties, memory loss, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, and migraines are common complications of a TBI and can cause permanent disability.
Aside from TBIs, other injuries to the head can occur in a car crash. Eye injuries can occur when broken glass or metal fragments enter the eyes; hard objects and penetrating objects can affect the ears and cause hearing loss. Noses, jaws and other facial fractures and lacerations sustained from flying glass and charred metal can require many surgeries and long recovery periods.
Neck and Back Injuries
The impact of a collision can cause the neck and back to stretch and then snap back resulting in injury to vertebrates, tendons, ligaments, discs, and the spine. These injuries can be catastrophic, leaving victims permanently paralyzed or in chronic pain. Medical costs are high due to surgeries, prescription medications, physical rehabilitation, assisted mobility equipment, and loss of wages.
Rib fractures, organ damage, and internal bleeding are common complications of car accidents. While seatbelts and airbags have reduced the severity of some of these injuries, there is still a significant risk of serious or life-threatening complications when chest injuries occur.
Pelvic and Abdominal Injuries
Broken hips, pelvic bones, and damage to the liver, spleen, and kidneys can be serious and require surgical intervention and long recovery periods. These injuries most often occur in car accidents in which the impact is in the front or side of the vehicle.
Lower Extremity Injuries
Crush injuries affecting the thighs, knees, shins, ankle and feet most often occur in car accidents involving the front end of the vehicle colliding with another vehicle or object. Multiple fractures, lacerations, ligament, and cartilage can be broken and torn and require extensive rehabilitation with the possibility of permanent damage. In some cases, these extremities are severed causing loss of limb.
No injury is minor when it affects a person’s quality of life. Consistent pain from damaged nerves, paralysis, amputations, burns, scarring, and broken bones can limit mobility and independence permanently. New Jersey car accident victims can collect compensation from their own insurance company or from the person at fault’s insurance company. In some cases, personal injury lawsuits for pain and suffering and lost wages can also be brought against those responsible. The process for claiming compensation can be difficult, especially when you are trying to recover from your injuries. An experienced and knowledgeable New Jersey car accident lawyer will be able to lift this burden from you while you focus on your recovery.
New Jersey Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore Work Hard to Claim the Highest Amount of Compensation Available to their Clients
A car accident can instantly change a person’s life when serious or fatal injury occurs. The team of New Jersey car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore is committed to helping victims of New Jersey car accidents claim the compensation they are entitled to under New Jersey law. Insurance companies and medical facilities can be hard to deal with, especially at a time of crisis. Our New Jersey personal injury lawyers will gather all necessary evidence, medical forms, insurance claim information, and take care of all filings and deadlines, allowing you to focus on recovering.
Call the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore at 856-761-1222 or complete our online contact formto schedule a consultation today. Our New Jersey law offices are conveniently located in Cherry Hill and Newark and are easily accessible by car, train, bus, and other forms of public transportation. We also have offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Baltimore, Maryland to represent car accident victims.
Car accidents happen everyday, even to the most attentive and experienced drivers.