Injuries and Accidents
Auto accidents on Texas roads are on the rise. Last year, there were more than 14,000 auto accidents on Texas roadways. In those crashes, more than 17,000 drivers and passengers experienced serious injuries as the result of an auto accident. These injuries caused significant financial loss to the drivers and passengers involved. You don’t want to handle this alone; a San Antonio injury attorney can help.
A wide array of injuries can be caused anytime an auto accident occurs. Each individual’s injuries are different and there are several factors that will determine the type and severity of the injury received.Whiplash and Other Common Injuries
However, there are many injuries that are more common than others and are seen in a higher frequency after an auto accident occurs. One of the most common injuries resulting from a car accident is whiplash. When this occurs, the victim’s neck or back is so stiff they are unable to turn to move their neck or back in any direction without extreme pain.
When a vehicle gets in an accident, it will make contact with another object, for example a second car, wall or barrier. The impact that is placed upon the vehicle will cause it to move from a high rate of acceleration to a sudden decrease in speed or no speed at all. When this happens, the driver of the vehicle is normally protected by a seatbelt, holding the driver’s or passenger’s torso in place.
Unfortunately, the head and neck are not held in place and may continue to move after impact. This is often the primary cause of what we call whiplash. This particular condition can cause some very serious medical issues including strains, muscle pain, sprains and stiffness. In some cases the whipping forward and back with the neck or back can cause a life changing injury to the spinal cord.
A San Antonio injury attorney can work with medical professionals to properly assess the kind of claim you may have against a negligent party. During an automobile accident, three collisions actually take place:
The first collision takes place when a vehicle hits another object. It is an external impact to the vehicle, usually by another vehicle.
The second collision takes places when the driver’s body makes contact with any part of the interior of the car. Steering wheels, airbags, windshields, seat belts, or dashboards are all common places for the body of a driver or passenger to hit during a collision with another object.
The third collision that takes place during an accident is when the brain moves from its normal place in the head and hits into the skull. The brain is suspended in fluid in the skull and is subject to movement when the head is rapidly forced or jerked around. This can be the most dangerous collision taking place.
Once the soft and delicate brain hits the hard skull, bruising and bleeding of the brain can occur. This can result in anything from a concussion to serious brain damage.
If you’ve experienced these or any other kinds of injuries as the result of an automobile accident, be sure and contact an experienced injury attorney serving San Antonio for assistance. Other common injuries in accidents requiring legal representation include:
- sprained limbs,
- and strained muscles.
A personal injury lawyer will discuss your case with you. This initial consultation is often at no charge to you. The attorney will go over the facts of the case with you and discuss the options available to you as you seek compensation.
The team of attorneys at Carabin & Shaw stands ready to serve you, day or night. We’ll get the information from you we need and have the resources and insight to deal with the insurance company. We won’t collect a penny until we win your case.
Don’t deal with personal injuries after an auto accident alone. Let one of our attorneys be your advocate and fight for your rights.
For more information, call Carabin & Shaw. You’ll receive immediate answers to your pressing questions and the initial consultation is absolutely free. If your injuries prevent you from coming to us, our compassionate and caring staff will come to you.
To talk to one of Carabin & Shaw’s professional injury attorneys in San Antonio, call 210.222.2288, or toll-free at 1.800.862.1260.