Car accidents happen every day across Arizona, and the injuries that result from them vary. Factors like speed and the location of impact are important. For instance, a car going 15 mph that rear-ends a stationary car may lead to minor injuries and scratches in occupants of both vehicles. The injuries will most likely not be long-term. If the car were going 40 mph, however, there could be a fatality, especially if the car collides on an occupant's side.
The most common injuries in auto accidents are back and neck pain, facial lacerations, contusions and bone fractures. Whiplash, or the straining or spraining of the soft tissues in the neck, is another frequent outcome. This condition in turn can cause shooting pains and chronic inflammation. In serious cases, victims suffer from slipped discs and joint dysfunction.
Brain trauma in the form of concussions and swelling can be the result of severe accidents. The internal organs may also rupture and bleed, killing the victim if emergency surgery isn't performed. Drivers who neglect to wear their seat belt may crash through the windshield, and those without airbags can damage their face on the steering wheel or dashboard. Safety features do a lot to mitigate injuries, and some cars are simply better built to withstand impact.
When victims of motor vehicle accidents believe that the other driver is to blame, they might consider seeking legal representation. Personal injury lawyers may be able to evaluate a victim's grounds for a claim, have the case investigated by qualified professionals and bring proof of the driver's negligence before the auto insurance company. If negotiations for an informal settlement fall through, the lawyer may take the case to court. A successful claim might cover losses like medical expenses, vehicle repair costs and emotional trauma such as PTSD.