Car accidents can cause a variety of serious personal injuries and death. Most people hurt in a car crash suffer impact injuries, from slamming into a part of the vehicle upon colliding with another vehicle or object or by being hit by unsecured cargo that becomes airborne in a crash.Other common car accident injuries are cuts and tear injuries from broken glass and torn metal. In a rollover accident, a car’s occupant can be tossed around and injured from all directions or can even be ejected from the vehicle.

Crash Evaluations

According to the NHTSA, a car’s frontal crash (head-on) rating is an evaluation of injury to the head, neck, chest, legs and feet of the driver and right front-seat passenger.The side-impact front-seat rating is an evaluation of injuries to the head, chest, abdomen and pelvis of the driver and front seat passenger dummy. The side-impact rear-seat rating is an evaluation of injury to the head and pelvis of the rear-seat passenger. Therefore, the head, neck, chest, pelvis, abdomen, legs (which includes knees) and feet are the parts of the body most likely to be injured in a motor vehicle collision, according to NHTSA. In short, any part of the body can be injured in a car accident.

Crash Protection Measurements

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 5-Star Safety Ratings System, also known as the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), measures the crash protection and rollover safety of new motor vehicles.You are probably familiar with footage of cars occupied by crash-test dummies slamming into barriers or having barriers slammed into them.

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Multiple Studies Show

Multiple studies of car accidents have determined that where a person is seated in a car during an accident has an effect on the type of injury they are likely to suffer and its severity. As you would expect, being seated closer to the point of impact is likely to result in injuries that are more severe.

Emotional Problems

A severe injury in a car accident could result in steep medical bills and rehabilitation costs. These expenses are compounded by time away from work during recovery. Crash victims can also suffer emotional problems, such as depression, particularly when their life has been irrevocably changed by serious and long-lasting injuries.

OUR MYRTLE BEACH CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS CAN HELP

The Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyers at the Maguire Law Firm seek justice for car accident victims injured because of the carelessness of other drivers in the South Carolina counties of Horry, Georgetown, and Marion.

If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a car accident in South Carolina, contact us. Call the Maguire Law Firm at (843) 361-7549 in the Myrtle Beach area or at 800-525-9900 toll free from elsewhere in South Carolina.

SOURCES:

  • World Wide Wounds
  • Long Beach Fire Department Training Center
  • University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute