In 2018 there were 46,786 reported car accidents in New Mexico. Motor vehicle accidents don’t just cause damage to vehicles. They also cause a variety of injuries to drivers, passengers and pedestrians. These injuries can range from minor bruising to life-changing traumatic brain injuries.
Types of injuries in car accidents
One of the most common injuries in motor vehicle accidents is soft tissue damage. Bruising, strains and sprains are examples of soft tissue injuries. At times, someone with this type of injury will want to just walk it off. But it’s a good idea to go to the hospital after suffering even minor injuries in a collision. Sometimes, bruising can be an indication of a more serious internal injury.
Internal injuries include everything from concussions to bleeding organs. Internal injuries can often be observed externally. Most broken bones, for example, are fairly obvious. But sometimes, they can’t be. This includes very serious injuries like traumatic brain injuries.
TBIs occur when force is applied to the head, or when an object penetrates the head. In a motor vehicle collision, TBIs may be hidden. When a car stops abruptly, the body continues to travel forward at a high speed. Instruments like seat belts provide restraint. But the brain can still hit the hard, bony skull at 20 or 30 mph. This can cause internal injuries. Initial symptoms of TBIs like headaches can seem innocuous. But they can cause serious and long-term damage.
Anyone who has suffered physical injuries in an auto accident might benefit from contacting an experienced lawyer. Attorneys may be able to help injured parties receive a proper settlement from the insurance company. Company representatives have an incentive to limit payouts. Having a dedicated advocate may increase the chances of getting real justice.