What A Car Accident Does to Your Body, A West Palm Beach Attorney Discusses
Whether it’s a head-on collision or T-bone crash, auto accidents in West Palm Beach can happen unexpectedly. And the higher the force of impact, the more likely you will sustain an injury.
In an article by Student Edge, Dr. David Logan, a researcher at Melbourne’s Monash University Accident Research Centre, explains how your body absorbs kinetic energy in a frontal collision and side impact accident – and it’s disturbing news.
The impact of a crash can be devastating
The purpose of your seatbelt is to prevent you from hitting your steering wheel or windshield head-first (which can be fatal). However, if you are wearing your seatbelt, you may still experience the following injuries in a frontal collision:
- Broken collarbone The impact of a crash can result in a broken collarbone on your right side if you’re on the driver’s side, and your left side if you’re on the passenger side.
- Broken ribs: The ribs will often absorb some of the impact of a crash, which can cause them to break.
- Lung damage: Once your ribs are affected in a frontal crash, you may likely experience a puncture between the lungs in the ribcage. This is also called a pneumothorax.
- Organ damage: If you are tall or short, your seatbelt may be positioned across your abdomen. In a frontal collision, internal organs such as your spleen, stomach, liver, and bowel can be damaged.
In a frontal collision, the front of your vehicle and airbag may absorb most of the impact. However, in a side-impact accident (also known as a T-bone accident), the only thing protecting you is the door. For that reason, injuries can be far worse. They usually include:
- Damage to the thorax and upper-body
- Rib fractures
- Damage to internal organs
- Pelvic fractures
I’ve been injured in a crash. Now what?
If you sustained injuries in an auto accident, you may be wondering what to do next. Your fractured ribs or broken collar bone may take a significant amount of time to heal. This means expensive medical procedures, time spent away from work, and inability to engage in every day activities. This process can be mentally, emotionally and physically exhausting.
Even worse, you may be burdened by the financial losses of an auto accident. If you think you can count on the insurance companies to compensate you to the fullest extent, think again. They only care about reducing their own costs and have plenty of tricks up their sleeve to downplay your claim.
After filing your accident claim, if an insurance company contacts you, never answer any of their questions and don’t sign any of their paperwork without first consulting with an experienced auto accident attorney.