What Happens to Your Body in a Car Wreck? South Carolina Attorneys Discuss
No matter how responsible of a driver you may be, all it takes is one irresponsible driver to cause a serious accident in South Carolina. A distracted driver can cause a head-on collision. An aggressive driver can sideswipe you on a multi-lane road – causing you to crash. An impaired driver could cut you off or hit you at an intersection. Accidents can happen anywhere, at any time.
Injuries sustained in frontal car accidents
Frontal accidents often happen unexpectedly. Your vehicle may absorb most of the impact in a crash. Furthermore, your seatbelt and airbag may prevent you from making contact with your steering wheel. You may even apply your brakes in time to prevent a crash from occurring at a higher impact. However, you are still likely to sustain serious injuries.
In an article by Student Edge, Dr. David Logan, a researcher at Melbourne’s Monash University Accident Research Centre, breaks down how your body absorbs kinetic energy in a frontal collision. The faster you – or another driver – is going, the more severe the injuries.
While your seatbelt may save your life in a frontal collision, your body is still propelled forward. When your seatbelt catches you, you may sustain:
- A broken collarbone
- Broken ribs
- Lung damage
- Damage to internal organs
Side-impact crashes can be worse
Crash victims struck in a side-impact crash (also known as T-bone accidents) are particularly at risk. Since the only thing you have protecting you in a side-impact crash is your door, your airbags (unless you have side airbags), seatbelt, and front-end frame won’t do you any good.
You are likely to sustain more severe, and life-threatening injuries:
- Broken bones
- Severed limbs
- Permanent nerve damage
- Severe spinal injuries
- Severe head trauma
Getting your life back after a crash
If you were injured in an auto accident, you may be confused, frustrated and unsure where to turn. Your injuries may take a long time to recover from. This means costly medical treatment, time away from work, and inability to engage in activities you enjoy. This process can be mentally, emotionally and physically draining.
The attorneys at Twenge + Twombley Law Firm have seen how devastating auto accidents can be. Our experienced Beaufort, South Carolina car accident attorneys are dedicated to helping you recover. We’ll fight for fair compensation during these difficult times. Contact us today to learn how we can help.