A variety of serious personal injuries and death can occur as a result of car accidents. Most injuries occur as a result of the impact of slamming into part of the vehicle that collides with another vehicle or object, or as a result of being hit by unsecured cargo that becomes airborne in a crash.
Cuts and Tears from a Car Accident**
Cuts and tear injuries can occur because of broken glass and torn metal. In the case of a rollover accident, a car’s occupant can be tossed around and injured from all areas of the car, or can even be ejected from the vehicle.
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 of new motor vehicles.
According to the NHTSA, a car’s frontal crash (head-on) rating is based on the evaluation of injury to the head, neck, chest, legs and feet of the driver and right front-seat passenger.The side-impact front-seat rating evaluates injuries to the head, chest, abdomen and pelvis of the driver and front seat passenger. The side-impact rear-seat rating evaluates injury to the head and pelvis of the rear-seat passenger.
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 motor vehicle collision. Multiple studies have determined that where a person is seated in a car during an accident does effect on the type and severity of the injury they are likely to suffer. Being seated closer to the point of impact is likely to result in more severe injuries.
Additional Impact of Car Accident
Severe injuries are likely to result in steep medical bills and rehabilitation costs. And these expenses are also compounded by time spent away from work during recovery. Victims can also suffer emotional problems, such as depression, stemming from serious and long-lasting injuries.
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