How Collisions Affect Injuries In A Car Accident

New cars are all about safety, and there are more safety features on new vehicles than ever. You may have multiple airbags, warnings about staying in your lane, an automatic braking system, and cameras everywhere. Unfortunately, all the safety equipment in the world won't eliminate all accidents or cushion the blow for some accident victims. The type of crash you go through can make it more likely that you will suffer from certain injuries. Read on to find out more about these common car wreck injuries and how you can be compensated for those losses.

Head-on Crashes

This type of accident is often considered the worst, and for good reason. Head-on collisions often go hand-in-hand with high speeds. Deadly speeds that involve one or both vehicles are among the worst, and there is only so much an airbag can do to protect occupants. Wrong-way freeway drivers are often to blame for some of these devastating wrecks, as are those that happen when the driver crosses over to other lanes after losing control or trying to pass other vehicles. The impact of a head-on collision can cause head injuries as the occupant's head snaps back and against the reinforced side support panel of the car. As with all crashes, seat belt injuries and airbag injuries can also occur.

Rear-End Crashes

This kind of collision often catches drivers by surprise since they literally never see it coming. When your vehicle is struck from behind, it forces your head forward. Even at low speeds, this type of impact can cause painful and long-lasting damage to the neck, shoulders, back, and arm areas, otherwise known as whiplash. In addition, if the driver who hit you had enough speed, you may be propelled forward into the dash or the steering wheel. Airbags may help, or they might cause injuries of their own.

Get Compensated

No matter how your accident occurred, you must take action if you are to be paid what you deserve. You may be entitled to lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, personal property damages, and more. Take the following steps after an accident:

  1. Seek medical treatment immediately.
  2. Stay organized with your paperwork and keep everything.
  3. Keep a pain journal in which you write about coping with the injuries from the accident as you adjust.
  4. Speak to a personal injury attorney as soon as you are able so that you will gain the money damages you need.

For more information, call an accident attorney in your area.