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No one ever expects to be involved in an accident when they step behind the wheel. In the days following a car accident, you may experience a wide range of emotions. Frustration that someone's negligence caused your injuries, anxiety over the medical bills, and confusion about how to proceed?
No matter how serious your injuries, remember that you're not alone in the aftermath. Retaining an attorney is one of the first steps you should take to obtain peace of mind and a clearer direction for the future.
Car accident injuries are very common and come in many forms. Some injuries caused by car accidents are minor, such as:
- Neck and back injuries
Extreme cases of back injuries can result in catastrophic injuries, like damage to the spinal cord. Incomplete spinal cord injuries can cause temporary loss of feeling or motor function below the area of the injury, but complete spinal cord injuries can result in permanent paralysis.
Head injuries are also common in car accidents. Car accident victims can experience concussions, which are a minor form of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Concussions can cause:
- Temporary amnesia
- And/or unconsciousness
If more severe TBI damage is caused, an accident victim may suffer from a lowered mental capacity, extreme amnesia, permanent brain damage, and/or fall into a coma.
The most common types of car crashes include:
Single Vehicle: Car accidents don't need to involve two vehicles. Single vehicle accidents are common and can result from a number of factors. Weather conditions can cause a car to slide; a pothole can send a vehicle swerving; or a driver can fall asleep at the wheel. There are different reasons for these accidents; but even with one car involved, the damage can be significant.
Multiple Vehicles: A lot of accidents involve two or more vehicles and these can be incredibly dangerous. The impact of two cars hitting each other leads to significant damage to property, vehicles, and passengers. Multiple vehicle accidents can also involve pileups and it is all too common for others cars to lose control when the vehicles in front of them collide.
Head On Collision: Two lane highways are some of the most dangerous places to drive. Without a center divider, it is easy for a car to drift or swerve into the other lane. With nowhere to go, the other car can end up slamming head-on into the vehicle that entered its lane. Head on collisions are known to be the deadliest type of accident and account for a significant portion of fatalities.
Rear End: These collisions take place when one vehicle hits another from behind. These accidents are common at intersections when someone doesn't see the red light or fails to give themselves enough time to stop. These accidents can also occur on highways and freeways, when stopped traffic seems to come out of nowhere and the vehicle in the back is unable to stop in time. Rear end accidents are notorious for causing whiplash and other types of neck and back injuries.
Side Swipe / T-Bone: Side swipes are a prevalent issue when a car is changing lanes and doesn't see the other driver next to them. A car may also swerve to avoid something and this can put them to close to the vehicle next to them. T-bone accidents also involve an impact to the side of the car. Rather than just swiping the other car, one vehicle drives head-on into the side of the other vehicle (making a T shape).
Rollover: Rollover accidents are more common in SUVs, where the balance of the vehicle can be thrown off. These accidents can be caused by an impact or by the driver taking a turn too sharply. Rollover accidents lead to extreme damage and those inside can be ejected from the vehicle, or crushed under the vehicle.
While a car accident is certainly overwhelming, do your best to gather your thoughts and calmly approach your situation.
Things to do directly following an accident:
Seek Medical Attention: It is best to get the medical care you need as quickly as possible. It may take several days for your injuries to appear, so be on the lookout for symptoms. Dizziness, aching joints, and significant pain should all be treated by a medical professional. Obtaining immediate medical care can also benefit your personal injury claim when you choose to file.
Gather Information: Save all the information you can from your medical treatment for future use. Write down names, the injuries you sustained, and the care you received. Take photos of your injuries if possible and save receipts of your prescribed medications. Detailed information is critical to being fully compensated for your injuries. You should also keep track of notes and emails between you and your doctor, even if they seem trivial. It never hurts to have an abundance of information on hand when it comes time to deal with the insurance company.
Hire an Attorney: It's never easy to pursue compensation on your own, especially as you recover from your injuries. Your attorney can act as the go-between for you and the insurance companies and will use their experience to fight for the highest possible compensation amount.
In a nutshell, if your injuries were caused by the negligence of another individual, seek immediate medical attention and then call David A. Zipfel & Associates, LLC to find out what an experienced Hartford car accident attorney can do to help you get the compensation you need and deserve.
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