Posted on Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 at 12:18 am
According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately three million people suffer non-fatal injuries in car accidents each year in the United States.
Broken bones are some of the most common types of injuries after a serious car accident. Even with the proper usage of seatbelts and other kinds of protective gear, both drivers and occupants are still at-risk for sustaining broken bone injuries during a high-impact collision. People often suffer broken or fractured bones in car accidents due to:
- Bracing for impact during a collision
- Impact-related injuries doors, the hood, the dashboard, or steering wheel
- Being ejected from a vehicle while not wearing a seatbelt
Broken bone injuries can range from mildly serious to life-altering. The most common broken bones after a car accident include:
- Fibula and Femur – Located respectively in the lower leg and upper leg, these bones can be broken if the leg-area within a vehicle crumples or caves-in during a car accident.
- Facial Bones – Because an airbag only has a fraction of a second to inflate, it has to expand with an incredible amount of force. This means that striking an airbag can lead to broken noses, cheekbones, jaws, and eye-socket bones.
- Clavicle – The clavicle is considered to be one of the most fragile bones in the human body. It is light, spongy, and is easily broken during any direct high-energy impact. Thus, this bone is one of the most commonly injured during car accidents.
- Pelvic Bone – The pelvic area is a complex region that supports the legs and spine. Pelvic bones are most commonly fractured when a vehicle occupant lurches forward into their seatbelt during a high-impact collision.
- Sternum – Otherwise known as the breastbone, the sternum joins the ribcage at the center and helps protect the heart, lungs, and other major organs from injury. Like the pelvis, the sternum is also commonly fractured when a vehicle occupant lurches forward into their seatbelt during a collision.
- Skull – A skull fracture is one of the most serious injuries that can be sustained during a car accident. The skull can be damaged during a collision if an occupant’s head strikes a window, the dashboard, or another object. Skull injuries may not be immediately detectable, which is why it is important to seek medical attention immediately after a car accident.
- Spinal Vertebrae – Damage to the spinal vertebrae can lead to long-term injury, disability, or death. The vertebrae can break or fracture during a high-impact collision, as airbags and restraints can exert a large amount of force upon the body. This force can cause major damage to the delicate bones within the spine.
Contact a Broken Bone Attorney in New York
Broken bones can lead to significant medical bills, lost wages, and long-term health issues. If you or someone you love has broken a bone during a car accident because of a reckless or negligent driver, contact Hach & Rose, LLP at (212) 779-0057 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case with us today.