According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, in 2011, law enforcement investigated 10,000 car accident injuries resulting from auto accidents. The severity of a car accident injury depends on the type of collision and the impact of the collision. Serious Tennessee car crashes can cause a financial strain not only on the injury victim, but also their family.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident due to the negligence of another, you may be able to seek legal and financial recourse. A skilled auto accident attorney can assist an accident victim in recovering financial damages.
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Common Auto Accident Injuries
Some injuries occur with a higher frequency than other types of injuries in Tennessee car accidents. Common auto accident injuries include broken bones, paralysis or permanent disability, brain injuries, head and neck injuries, back and spinal cord injuries, lacerations, burns and scarring, and wrongful death.
Car collisions often result in some type of bone fracture or broken bone. Bone fractures from a car accident tend to be severe due to the amount of force in an auto accident.
Paralysis is the loss of muscle function in the body. Paralysis can be broken down into two categories; partial or complete. Paralysis of the lower extremities, including your legs, is paraplegia. Quadriplegia is the paralysis of the arms, legs and torso.
Signs of a brain injury may not appear until days or weeks after an injury. Internal bruising, bleeding and swelling, skull fractures and nerve damage are typical causes of brain injury in auto accident victims. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can cause temporary or permanent impairment of the brains function.
Neck and Head Injuries
Neck and head injuries, including whiplash, are the most common types of auto accident injuries. Head injuries can range from a mild concussion to a serious or traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Back and Spinal Cord Injuries
Back and spinal cord injuries can range from mild to severe, including sprains, strains herniated discs, fractured vertebrae, lumbar spine injuries, lumbar radiculopathy and thoracic spine injuries. Symptoms for back and spinal cord injuries may not always be noticeable, so its important to be evaluated by a physician after a Tennessee car accident.
Lacerations and Burns
It is not uncommon for car accident victims to sustain lacerations and burn injuries. The healing process for lacerations and burn injuries can be lengthy and expensive. These types of injuries can be debilitating for individuals.
When a motor vehicle accident claims the life of a passenger involved, the dependents of the deceased may be entitled to receive compensation. The victims family members may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, funeral costs and the loss of future earnings.
Over 26,000 auto accidents occurred in Tennessee in 2011. Many of these accidents were life-altering for the passengers involved.
If you or a loved one sustained an injury from a Tennessee car collision, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages and other losses. An experienced car accident attorney can advise you on your next course of action.
Greg Coleman Law has the knowledge and resources to help auto accident victims in Knoxville, Sevierville and other cities in Tennessee with their legal claims. To receive a no-obligation consultation for your car accident injuries litigation, fill out the Free Case Review form on this page.