As a Louisiana resident who has recently gotten involved in a car crash, you may be facing injuries. The type of injuries you deal with will usually depend on several factors, including how fast you were traveling, how big the other vehicle is, and where your car was hit.
FindLaw takes a look at some of the most common types of injuries associated with car crashes. Some are more related to certain crash sites than others. For example, if you get into a head-on collision, you are most likely to experience head injury. Injury to the hands and torso may also occur due to your seat belt or the position of your hands on the steering wheel when the airbag deploys.
For rear-end collisions, one of the most common injuries is whiplash. This is because you often are taken by surprise when hit from behind, left with no time to brace yourself for the impact. Due to physics, when you're hit from the rear, the momentum will carry you forward and then your seat belt will abruptly halt that motion. This causes a snap-back that can hurt your neck.
Certain injuries are plausible in almost any type of crash. For example, broken ribs are usually caused by blunt impact to the chest area. Because of the design of seat belts, there is no predicting exactly when rib injury can occur. Damage to the spine may happen in similar circumstances, with any jarring movement being enough to harm the spinal discs.
Car accident injuries can leave you facing medical debt and a long road to recovery. Contacting an experienced attorney may be the first step toward getting the compensation you deserve.