Car Accident Injuries
Queens Car Accident Attorney
The United States of America is situated predominantly in central North America where it lies between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. With 3.79 million square miles and more than 300 million people, the United States is the third largest country by population and total land area. Due to the nation's vast land area, the United States is home to the largest passenger vehicle market in the world. According to a 2007 DOT study, there were an estimated 254.4 million registered passenger vehicles in the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. The CDC reports that more than 2.3 million people sought medical care in emergency rooms in 2009 after being involved in an auto accident, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) reports that in 2011, 32,367 people were killed in auto accidents in the United States. Of those fatalities, 9,878 were alcohol-related, accounting for 31% of the overall fatalities for 2011, the same percentage for 2010.
Types of Auto Accident Injuries
While auto accidents take the lives of more than 30,000 Americans every year, they leave millions more men, women, and children with serious, if not debilitating injuries. Common car accident injuries include the following:
Whiplash injuries: Whiplash injuries are especially common in rear-end collisions. These are characterized by a collection of symptoms that occur after the neck has been damaged. These symptoms may be delayed for 24 hours following the initial trauma and may include: neck pain and stiffness, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, difficulty concentrating, lower back pain, pain, numbness or tingling in the arm and/or hand, sleep disturbances, irritability and fatigue.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI): A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a bump or blow to the head or it is a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. A TBI can be mild to severe ranging from a minor concussion to an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia following the injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average 1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries each year, many of which are caused by car accidents.
Severe traumatic brain injuries: A severe TBI can negatively affect cognitive function, motor function, it can affect hearing, vision, and perception, and it can cause depression, anxiety, aggression and personality changes. The CDC reports that the leading causes of TBI are: 1) falls (35.2%), motor vehicle crashes (17.3%), and assaults (10%).
Spinal cord injuries (causing temporary to permanent paralysis): Every year thousands of people sustain injuries to their spinal cord in auto accidents. When someone sustains an injury to their spinal cord, the communication between their brain and the other parts of their body is disrupted, meaning that communication signals are no longer sent to the damaged area. The human spinal cord is a bundle of nerve cells and fibers that extends from the brain down the lower back. A spinal cord injury can occur at any point along the spinal cord, and the location of the injury will dictate which bodily functions are damaged or lost. For example, damage to the spinal cord can cause loss of bladder control, changes of movement, or loss of feeling or loss of other bodily functions.
Obtain the Help You Deserve in Queens County
Car accidents can cause minor to catastrophic injuries for the accident victim, all of which can have a major impact on one's physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing. Other horrific and life-altering injuries that can be incurred in an auto accident include broken bones, lacerations, loss of limb (amputation), and other internal injuries to certain organs. If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident, we urge you to contact a Queens personal injury attorney from the Law Offices of Gary E. Rosenberg, P.C. today.