There is a range of injuries that Minnesota residents can sustain in a car accident. The type of injuries that a driver or passenger may suffer from a crash can be affected by a number of factors, including the type of collision, location of the impact and physical position of the driver or passenger in the vehicle. These factors can make all the difference between whether someone experiences severe or mild injuries as a result of an auto accident.
Some common injuries caused by car accidents include neck pain resulting from whiplash, which is caused by the swift and sudden movement of the neck after a crash. Facial injuries, broken bones, bruising and back pain are also frequent consequences of a crash. More serious injuries can include traumatic brain injury, concussion or damage to other internal organs. The psychological impact of a devastating car crash cannot be underplayed either, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can frequently be experienced by car accident victims.
A head-on collision will cause different injuries than a rear-end impact or a T-bone or side door accident. The person who is sitting on the side of the vehicle where the impact occurred will often be more severely injured. The speed that the vehicle is traveling is also a factor in the repercussions of a crash. A car accident at a low rate of speed is more likely to lead to minor or temporary injuries while accidents that take place at high speed can lead to severe injuries or even death. Other factors that can also affect the seriousness of the consequences of a motor vehicle accident include whether the airbag was deployed and if the passengers were wearing their seatbelts.
People who have been injured in a car accident can work with a personal injury lawyer to seek compensation. An attorney can help accident victims pursue damages for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.