In a split second, a catastrophe can occur when two vehicles collide on a Shreveport, Bossier City, or Mansfield, Louisiana, road or highway.
Common Car Accident Injuries on Shreveport, Bossier City, or Mansfield, Louisiana’s Roads and Highways
Though you obey traffic laws and pay attention, many events that are out of your control can cause an accident. Here are some common causes of collisions in Shreveport:
- A driver runs a red light or drives into oncoming traffic
- A distracted driver not paying attention
- An intoxicated driver impaired by drugs or alcohol
- An improperly loaded truck causes cargo to fly off and hit your car
- Poorly maintained roads, inadequate signage, or road lighting
When car collisions occur, the impact of an accident often causes serious injuries because of crushing metal, broken glass, and high-speed impact. When the unpredictable happens, even when you’re a conscientious and responsible driver, you will likely have severe injuries from a serious car crash. It is always crucial that you know what to do after a car accident injury.
TYPES OF CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES INCLUDE
Whiplash is a Common Car Injury
One of the most common types of car accident injuries is whiplash, which occurs upon impact when the neck and head stretch and quickly snap back into place. While damage may not be obvious, whiplash can fracture vertebrae and injure the spinal cord, causing damage to the neck and back, potentially leading to paralysis. Or less severe but painful damage can be caused by ligaments and discs. Even a mild whiplash injury can cause chronic pain, which may diminish a victim’s quality of life.
Pelvic and Abdominal Compression are Common Car Injuries
When a driver is thrust into metal or other hard objects upon impact, hip fractures and a broken pelvis are common, along with damage to the liver, spleen, and kidneys. These types of injuries can take months and even years to heal and may cause long-term or permanent disability and pain.
Chest Trauma is a Common Car Injury
Broken ribs and a broken sternum are common injuries especially when vehicle occupants are not wearing seat belts. Besides the pain of broken bones, fragments of bone may penetrate vital organs such as the heart and lungs, possibly causing death. Also, a severe car accident can injure the diaphragm (the muscle below the rib cage critical for breathing).
Brain Damage is a Common Car Injury
Another injury such as a traumatic brain or head injury from a car accident is a critically serious event. A crushed or broken skull cap may cause fragments to penetrate the brain or cause pressure and swelling. Such damage can impair basic brain functions, impacting memory, concentration, emotional balance, speech, and vision.
Face and Neck Injury are Common Car Injuries
Facial fractures and broken teeth, as well as a crushed larynx or diaphragm, can all be devastating injuries. These types of injuries can cause disfigurement, impair vision, and result in full or partial blindness. Ear injuries are also not uncommon, which may lead to full or partial deafness.
Leg, Knee and Foot Damage are Common Car Injuries
A severe car collision injury may include leg, foot, or toe amputation. While extremity amputation can occur from a car accident, limb amputation is most common in motorcycle crashes. Other common injuries include broken bones and sprains in the leg, knee, ankle, and foot, as well as cartilage tears when an impact causes abrupt turning and twisting.
Arm, Hand and Shoulder Fractures are Common Car Injuries
While these types of car accident injuries usually heal within weeks, a broken, incapacitated extremity is painful and may interfere with a victim’s ability to work and conduct daily living activities, including caring for small children and other household responsibilities. Though the disability is typically short-term, just being injured can cause financial and emotional issues.
Post-Accident Emotional Issues are Common Car Injuries
The shock, fear, and trauma that many accident victims experience when they’ve been involved in a car crash can lead to psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. This is especially true when serious and life-long physical disabilities have impacted a victim’s quality of life. On top of those psychological issues, medical bills accumulate, and costly rehabilitation is necessary to restore one’s functioning. Besides the stress caused by your injuries, mounting financial difficulties can also be emotionally debilitating.
Gordon & Gordon Law Firm Has the Experience, Resources, and Knowledge to Help You Recover Financially
When you’ve been injured or harmed in a car accident because of another driver’s fault or because of poorly maintained roads, poor signage, or inadequate road lighting in Shreveport, Bossier City, or Mansfield, you may be entitled to significant financial recovery. Or if a loved one has been killed in a car accident on Louisiana’s highways and roads, you may be entitled to a Louisiana wrongful death settlement.
The experienced car accident attorneys at Gordon & Gordon Law Firm focus our attention on those injured in collisions. Gordon & Gordon’s attorneys are well established as a powerful, effective, and successful force in insurance industry claims and litigation because we fight skillfully and vigorously for our car accident client’s fair monetary compensation.
Gordon & Gordon’s Attorneys Have Won Multi-Millions for Our Injured Clients
Because of our reputation, insurance companies take our claims seriously when they know we’ve been hired to fight for your financial rights. With our resources and experience, we are ready to prove who’s at fault for your injuries and win the highest settlement allowed by law. When you meet with one of our knowledgeable attorneys, we will personally review your case, advise you about your rights and determine whether you have legitimate monetary recourse. And if we take you on as a client, you will never pay a penny up-front.
But don’t delay. The statute of limitations on filing car accident claims is limited. If you don’t file in a timely manner, you may permanently lose your right to financial recovery.
You can be confident we’ll work aggressively and diligently on your behalf because we only get paid when we win your case. To speak personally with one of Gordon & Gordon Law Firm’s qualified, experienced Shreveport, Bossier City, or Mansfield car accident injury attorneys, call us today at 318.716.HELP (318.716.4357).