If you are like most people, you rely on your vehicle each day. They offer mobility and allow you to get to home, work, school, and take care of errands and other responsibilities you have. Your vehicle makes it easy for you to handle day-to-day tasks. While this is true, every time you get behind the wheel, the possibility of an accident and injuries is realm.
On average, passenger vehicles weigh around two tons. This means you are driving something made up of over 4,000 pounds of metal and other materials. Trucks often weigh 20 times that amount.
If another driver on the road drives in a reckless or negligent manner, their vehicle may turn into a threatening and dangerous weapon. You must be able to acknowledge and understand these risks when you drive in your local area.
Potential Injuries During a Car Accident
Victims of car accidents may suffer an array of injuries, all that vary regarding how severe they are. For example, they may involve minor injuries that don’t require much medical intervention or more serious injuries, that require long term care and rehabilitation.
The more severe your injuries are, the more likely they will require lifelong care and treatment. There are even some injuries that result in the loss of basic physical abilities, mobility, or the loss of your senses.
In Florida, minor and serious accidents are treated differently, and the seriousness of a person’s injuries is going to play a huge role in how much compensation they receive. The question is, when is an accident considered serious?
Serious Injuries in Accidents
Victims who are involved in any type of accident may suffer an array of serious injuries. Some of the most serious are listed here.
Amputation or Loss of a Limb
If you lose or have to have a limb removed due to an accident, this is considered a serious accident. There are many situations when the human body is unable to withstand the impact of a serious accident. Since all vehicles include metal and glass, body parts can be easily amputated or cut off when a crash occurs.
If this occurs, not only does the limb loss result in physical challenges and pain, but it can also lead to an array of psychiatric disorders and the inability for an accident victim to support themselves.
Paralysis and Spinal Cord Injuries
Your spinal cord works with your brain, creating the central nervous system. Your brain is essentially your body’s command center. The spinal cord helps the brain transmit signals all over your body and the health of your spinal cord is crucial for physical and cognitive function.
During an auto accident, several parts of your spine may be at risk. If the spinal cord is damaged during an accident, it can impact your body in many ways, including partial or complete paralysis and other impairments. Some of these other issues include sexual dysfunction, issues breathing, weakening or loss of sensation, muscle spasms, and even death.
Brain and Head Injuries
Similar to injuries to your spinal cord, if you suffer a brain or head injury, it can impact your life significantly. This type of injury can result in lifelong issues and in some cases, even death.
What to Do if You Suffer a Serious Injury During a Car Accident
If you have suffered any of the serious injuries mentioned above during a car accident that was not your fault, you can recover compensation for your injuries from the responsible party. The best way to protect your rights and recover the damages you deserve is by hiring a competent attorney. For more information about your rights or to learn if you can file a lawsuit, contact Felice Trial Attorneys Attorneys at Law at (561) 444-8822.