Think about how many times you’ve run a yellow light. How about how many stop signs you’ve coasted through, or how many times you’ve cut someone off because you figured he would slow down?
Now imagine what would’ve happened if the car across from you decided to turn when you ran that yellow. What if there was a car crossing at the stop sign that you didn’t see, or the car you cut off was on a patch of ice and couldn’t stop in time?
You may think that the odds of getting in an accident or the odds of seriously injuring yourself are low...but you’d be wrong. The truth is exactly the opposite.
U.S. Auto Accident Statistics
The U.S. averages over 12 million car accidents a year. A third of these accidents result in fatalities, while the remaining majority cause severe injuries. In fact, the odds of not sustaining an injury from a car accident are extremely low, and you’re lucky if you can walk away unharmed. However, if you’re one of the unlucky majority, car accident injuries are an unfortunate consequence of reckless driving and can range from minor to fatal, even when the collision seems to be minor.
Most Common Motorvehicle Accident Injuries
The five most common types of non-fatal motor vehicle accident injuries are:
- Impact Injuries. Bruising, lacerations or broken bones due to vehicle or cargo impact
- Head and Brain Injuries. Brain hemorrhages, concussions, and swelling due to a blow to the head (characterized by memory loss, headaches, or blurred vision)
- Neck or Spinal Cord Injuries. Whiplash, paralysis, or chronic back pain due to crushing of the vertebrae
- Pelvic and Abdominal Injuries. Kidney, spleen and liver injuries as well as broken pelvises due to front or side impacts
- Amputations. Severed limbs due to jagged debris or the force of collision; most common in motorcycle accidents
All of theses injuries can cause weeks, months, or even lifelong pain and discomfort. So before you run your next yellow light or fail to completely stop at a stop sign, think about whether getting to your destination a few seconds earlier is really worth the risk of spending the rest of your life in constant pain—or worse, hurting someone else.
If You've Been Injured, Contact Shevlin Smith
If you’re a victim of a serious injury caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless driving, don’t let his mistake continue to hurt you. Contact the Virginia traffic injury lawyers at Shevlin Smith for a free consultation. We’re here to help you fight back and get the justice you deserve. Call us today at 703.591.0067.