What Can Happen During a Car Accident

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Many serious personal injuries can occur as a result of dangerous car accidents. Injuries are caused by many things, such as the impact of slamming into part of the vehicle you are riding in, being hit directly from the other vehicle, or being hit by unsecured cargo.

Cuts and Tears from Car Accident

One type of injury you can suffer during a car accident is a cut or tear injury that occurs as a result of broken glass or torn metal. These types of injuries occur quite often in rollover accidents during which a car’s occupants’ can be tossed around or even ejected from the vehicle.

NHTSA 5-Star Safety Ratings System

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 5-Star Safety Ratings System, also known as the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), measures the crash protection and rollover safety that cars offer. These safety elements are measured in various ways.

According to the NHTSA, a car’s head-on or frontal crash rating is based on injuries that occur to the head, neck, chest, legs and feet of the driver and right front-seat passenger. Side-impact front-seat rating is given based on injuries to the head, chest, abdomen and pelvis of the driver and front seat passenger. Side-impact rear-seat rating is given based on injuries to the head and pelvis of the rear-seat passenger.

These evaluations are given on these areas because, according to the NHTSA, the head, neck, chest, pelvis, abdomen, legs (which includes knees) and feet are the parts of the body most likely to be injured in a car accident. Multiple studies have been done to determine that placement of a person in a car effects how they will be injured as well as the severity of the injury. Of course, being closer to the point of impact often means you are more likely to suffer severe injuries.

Additional Impact of Car Accident

Physical injuries are not the only injuries one can suffer in a severe accident. There are also emotional implications to these injuries, as well as financial injuries you take on as a result of medical bills and rehabilitation costs. These expenses are compounded by time away from work due to recovery time.

If you’ve suffered injuries as the result of a car accident, you need the expert advice of car accident attorneys such as those at Personal Injury Attorneys PLLC.

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