Hundreds of car crashes happen every single day in the United States. According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, 2.35 million people are injured or become permanently disabled after an auto accident.
If you have a newly-diagnosed physical injury shortly after a car crash, it's very possible that the crash caused the disability. Fortunately, there could be financial assistance available. Personal injury claims allow consumers to receive damages from insurance companies or at-fault parties after a car crash.
Which Injuries Are Common?
Some of the most common car crash injuries include whiplash, pulled muscles, and a sore back. Serious car crashes may break bones or cause slipped discs. Your injuries will vary depending on the type of crash you were involved in, and how fast you were traveling when you were hit.
Some injuries will be present immediately after the crash (lacerations and broken limbs), but some will appear days or even weeks after the event. This is why it's always important to speak with a doctor immediately after any car crash!
Fault and Auto Accident Injuries
It's important to determine who was at fault for an auto accident before filing a personal injury claim with the other party's insurance company. If you caused the crash and have a broken leg or strained neck, you may not be entitled to any additional damages aside from your personal auto insurance coverage.
On the other hand, if the other driver acted reckless (texted while driving, or drove while drunk for example), you may be eligible for medical bill payments, damages for lost wages, or even pain and suffering compensation.
Here is a little more information on how a car crash may cause a specific injury: