You would expect to walk away from a minor accident with minor injuries, but that isn't always the case. There are situations that may to severe injuries that don't reflect the severity of the crash. For example, you can end up with a serious injury from a minor accident if:
You Were Not Wearing a Seatbelt
Wearing a seatbelt is one of the best ways of reducing the severity of the accident. The restraint prevents you from being ejected out of the car and crashing your body on the screens or sides of the car. This means wearing and not wearing a seatbelt can mean the difference between a minor and a severe injury. For example, if you are hit from behind while not wearing a seatbelt, you can be thrown against the windshield, and this can leave you with severe cuts on the face. This isn't likely to happen if you are wearing a seatbelt.
You Had a Pre-existing Medical Condition
Some pre-existing medical conditions increase your risk of getting a severe injury from an accident that others would have walked away from with minor injuries. For example, your risk of experiencing a fracture increases tremendously if you have osteoporosis (a health condition characterized by weak bones). A simple knock on the arm can leave you with a fractured limb even if the force of the knock isn't enough to fracture the limb of a healthy person.
You Were Hit In a Dangerous Place
The exact part of your car where the other car hit you also influences the severity of your injuries. For example, if you are driving and a car crashes on the driver's side of the car, you are likely to sustain more serious injuries than if the same crash occurs on the passenger's side. Similarly, a truck or any other high sitting vehicle that hits you around the driver's window can cause severe injuries.
A Sensitive Part of Your Body Experienced Direct Impact
Lastly, you should be afraid of a severe injury if a sensitive part of your body experiences a direct hit. For example, a serious injury can occur if your head hits the dashboard or is hit by flying metal. The same thing can happen if a loose item in the car strikes a sensitive part of your body.
The good news is that the severity of the crash isn't the only thing that determines your recovery. Other factors such as witnesses' testimony, medical records, and lost earnings call come into play when valuing your case. Contact a law firm, like Richards & Minore, P.C., for more help.
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