Car Accident Injuries
Milwaukee Car Accident Lawyer
Have you been involved in an auto accident? If you or a loved one were
injured and you are looking for guidance to address an insurance claim
or lawsuit, a
Milwaukee car accident lawyer at our firm can help.
The injuries sustained in a car accident can vary from minor to severe,
even claiming a victim's life. In fact, car accidents are the leading
cause of accidental injury in the United States and the most common source
of personal injury lawsuits across the nation. More than 30,000 people
die in traffic collisions in the U.S. each year, and according to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle
accidents have an $871 billion economic and societal impact on American citizens.
Types of Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents can cause both physical and emotional harm. As far as physical
injuries, some of the potential types of trauma sustained in a car accident include:
- Whiplash and other neck injuries
- Soft tissue trauma
- Cuts and bruises
- Broken bones
- Head trauma
- Dental injuries
- Facial injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries (paralysis)
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Amputation / loss of limb
- Severe burns
- Disfigurement and scarring
A car accident can also have a lasting emotional and psychological impact
on a victim, leading to loss of enjoyment of life, pain, suffering, an
inability to take part in activities once enjoyed, post-traumatic stress
disorder and issues with self-confidence due to scarring or disfigurement.
The extent of injury suffered in a car accident will typically depend on
Was the victim wearing a seat belt? Seat belt use may have a considerable impact on the severity of injuries
in an auto accident. A properly fitting and functional seat belt can prevent
a vehicle occupant from hitting the dashboard or steering wheel and can
prevent ejection from the vehicle.
Did the vehicle's safety systems function properly? A crashworthy vehicle that is properly designed and manufactured is more
likely to offer protection to an occupant in the event of a collision.
A faulty airbag, seat belt or design
defect may cause a victim increased injury.
What was the force of impact? The speed at which a collision occurs will often directly influence the
injuries that a victim sustains. The higher the speed, the greater the
force of impact and the more likely it is for a victim to suffer catastrophic
injury or death.
Where was the location of impact? The location of the victim in relation to the location of impact may also
influence the type and severity of car accident injuries. A collision
on the passenger side of a vehicle, for example, is more likely to leave
the passengers injured. A head-on collision is more likely to injure the
driver and front-seat passenger.
What were the relative size and weight of the vehicles involved? In a multi-vehicle collision, the relative size and weight of the vehicles
involved is an important issue to consider. This is particularly true
when a considerable size and weight disparity exists, as in an accident
involving an 18-wheeler and a small sports car. The smaller vehicle is
more likely to sustain extensive damage, and in turn, its occupants are
more likely to be injured.
Injured? Call a Wisconsin car accident attorney at Cannon & Dunphy S.C.
It is important to consider any and all injuries associated with a car
accident when pursuing just compensation. At Cannon & Dunphy S.C., we take
care to carefully evaluate every aspect of a client's injuries in
order to determine the true worth of his or her claim. We then doggedly
pursue a fair settlement or jury award to help our client recover the
money that will help him or her begin rebuilding. Though it is certainly
true that no amount of money could compensate a victim for what he or
she has had to experience, it can alleviate financial burdens to help
a victim create a better future.
Contact a Wisconsin car accident attorney today.