Car accidents are one of the most frequent, potentially fatal types of accidents. Car accidents also are statistically resulting in the highest frequency of damage to the vehicle and the driver. This is often times irreparable for the vehicle and the driver.
In 2008 in the United States alone, according to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System there have been 34,017 reported fatalities from auto accidents. They also report that there were over 6 million police reported accidents in the United States alone in 2007. General research shows that auto accidents are one of the leading causes of death for people under 40. There are many factors that contribute to the overall risks involved with operating any type of motor vehicle. Typically the reason for injury could have been prevented if the driver took safety precautions that have been instituted to protect drivers from potential harm.
There are a few common factors that have been historically identified as the major causes of preventable automobile accidents. These include but are not limited to the following; drunken driving, cell phone use, not using seatbelts; excessive speed and failure to follow obey traffic rules. Of course these are not the only factors but they have been consistently linked to fatalities and injuries in drivers of all ages. Typically drivers fewer than 40 are at greater risk for auto accidents because they are less experienced and/or they may engage in unsafe behavior more frequently than more mature experienced drivers.
Auto accidents can potentially cause damage to any part of the body. Often times, if not fatal and injury from an auto accident can cause irreparable damage that is not able to be corrected such as back injuries. There are some common injuries often resulting from auto accidents a few are listed below.
- Face and head injuries may be as small as a bruise but as major as a brain or skull fracture.
- Shoulder and arm injuries may result in dislocated rotator cuffs, sprains or lacerations to the arm or shoulder area. These may result in damage that is never able to be corrected.
- Back Injuries may include sprains, disks injury or strain. This can range from minor to very severe life altering depending on the injury.
- Neck injuries often include sprain, disk injury, whiplash or strain. Theses are very common as a result of even the most minor of auto accidents.
- Leg, Knee and Foot injuries may include breaks, sprains, lacerations bruises and dislocation.
- Psychological injuries are those injuries that occur on an emotional level. These are more difficult to diagnosis and to cure. Emotional reaction such as post traumatic stress disorder or anxiety following an auto mobile accident is typical. These types of injuries often remain with a person far beyond the time that any physical injuries may have healed or require on-going therapy to assist the person to be able to function as they had prior to the accident.
- Death is the most tragic irreparable result of car accidents.
Above are a few of the typical injuries resulting from automobile accidents? This is by no means an exhaustive list, but rather some of the typical injuries reported following auto accidents. These injuries can range from very severe to very minor depending on the severity of the automobile accident. A portion of this information was obtained through the following website: www.all-about-car-accidents.com/car-accident-injuries.