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Causes Of Pelvic Fractures In Car Accidents

On Behalf of | Jun 11, 2017 | Library, Traffic Accidents

As you walk through your front door after work, your cell phone rings.
You are surprised to see it is your husband, who is supposed to be home
with the children. You answer it and immediately know something is wrong.
Your husband is at the hospital and your little girl is in surgery.

On his way home after picking up the kids from practice, a truck rammed
the passenger side of his car, right where your daughter was sitting.
Your son was sitting behind your husband so he only suffered a small wrist
fracture and some cuts. However, your baby girl wasn’t as lucky.
From what your husband explained, she has a broken pelvis and possible
rib fractures.

You immediately drop everything and run back to your car. As you speed
toward the hospital you make mental notes to question the doctor and your
husband about how this could have happened.

Pelvic Fracture Collision Factors

Pelvic fractures are an alarmingly common injury for
car accident victims. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that
nearly 15% of collisions result in pelvic damage, and 25% of victims who
die in traffic accidents are reported to have broken pelvises. Although
15% may not seem that high, the number of victims exceeds 800,000 adults
and children a year, according to theJournal of Trauma, Injury, Infection and Critical Care.

The most common causes for these injuries are as follows:

  • Location of seat belts. Although seat belts are essential for driver and passenger safety and protection,
    they can also cause severe pelvic damage. Seat belts are specifically
    designed to restrain your pelvis and chest in order to prevent impact
    forces from throwing you forward. However, every action has an equal but
    opposite reaction, which can lead to painful outcomes. In this case the
    force that is exerted upon you during a crash is deflected by the belt,
    which regrettably must apply the same amount of force back. Since the
    opposite force has nowhere to go but where the belt is strapped, an enormous
    amount of pressure is placed on your pelvic region. This pressure is so
    great that it can actually crush, fracture and break the bone.
  • Pelvic seat location. When you are sitting in a car, on a motorcycle, or on a bike, your pelvis
    is positioned immediately above the vehicle’s axle. Unfortunately,
    when cars collide, the force of the impact is generally dispersed throughout
    this axle line. This means that the majority of the force will hit at
    the exact level of your pelvis, causing massive amounts of vibration,
    crushing pressure, and impact damage to shoot through your pelvis. To
    make matters worse, the damage is multiplied when your hips are twisted.
  • Front impact collisions. Head-on collisions put you at risk for multiple severe injuries, but they
    are especially hard on your pelvis. When you’re seated in the front
    of a vehicle, your pelvis is surrounded by potentially hazardous materials.
    During a frontal collision, airbags can deploy at speeds rivaling a freight
    train, while the steering wheel and engine can also be forced directly
    toward your pelvis at horrendous speeds and force. These onslaughts can
    not only crush your pelvis but can also force you to turn defensively
    to avoid the impact which can twist and mangle your pelvis even more.

Standing Tall After a Collision

When you or a loved one suffers a pelvic fracture, treatment and recovery
can be long and extremely painful. However, although you must suffer through
the recovery, you don’t have to suffer the financial burden lying
down. If you’re a victim of someone else’s vehicular mistake,
contact us today to get the support you need to file an injury claim.
You deserve compensation for your suffering; allow us to help you stand
up and get it. Call 703-721-4233 now or
schedule a free consultation here.

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