Millions of people in the United States are injured in traffic accidents every year. Although people commonly call these accidents, many if not most of these crashes could have been prevented by following basic safety rules
What are the most common injuries in car crashes?
Traumatic Brain Injury - a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by force applied either directly to your head or by the brain hitting your skull through sudden force. Everyone is at risk for a TBI, especially children and older adults.
Broken Bones/Fractures - When force is applied through a car accident, sometimes people break bones inside their body. Some broken bones must heal with time while others require surgical intervention.
Lumbar or Cervical Disk Injury - Sometimes called a bulging, protruding, or ruptured disk, these injuries can touch nerves or even your spinal cord. Depending on severity, people with disk injuries can suffer from pain, numbness, paralysis or even death.
Facet Joint Injury - Facet joints can be find between each vertebrae of the spine. They act to guide and limit movement during spinal motion. If the facet joints are disrupted by trauma, they can cause pain or instability in your neck or back.
Muscle Strain - Muscle strains occur when your muscle is overstretched or overworked. This injury is often seen associated with whiplash, when a crash causes your body to quickly accelerate and then promptly decelerate or stop.
Lacerations - Lacerations are cuts. Some cuts will only require a bandage and might heal successfully on their own. Others may require stitches and could leave terrible scarring.
Burns - Burns are tissue damage that can be caused by extreme heat or contact with chemicals. Airbags deploy because of a chemical reaction. While the airbag might save your life, it might also leave you with a chemical burn.
Have You or a Loved one been injured in a Car Accident?
Insurance companies love to use the average person's' limited knowledge regarding their procedures and policies following a car accident. This causes many people to feel overwhelmed and hopeless when trying to figure out how to handle the aftermath of a car accident. Help in Colorado is determined to help people cope with the uncertainty and fear that can follow a car accident.
“Where Do I Even Begin?”
See your doctor right away! Many people walk away from a crash with minor injuries...or so they believe. Sadly many life-threatening internal injuries may not be noticed right away, and you need to make sure a licensed medical professional examines you. The other reason to see your doctor right away is to document that your injuries were sustained from the accident. Sadly an insurance company may try to claim that you sustained your injury at a different time. This documentation will help support your claim.
The next step is to file a police report. This is a critical document and will help give forensic evidence to support your claim. It is also usually a prerequisite for the next step
File a claim with your insurance company! They need to hear the facts and details from you. Keep it simple like, “He drove through the intersection and hit my passenger side door.” NOT, “He was speeding like crazy, drove right through that red light, and ruined my car!” Those descriptions sadly do not help your insurance company, and it will be hard to remember that as you have to repeat it over and over in the following weeks.
Finally, contact Help in Colorado. Every auto accident is different and we are here to help protect your rights and navigate you through this challenging period.