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Common Injuries Caused by Auto Accidents in Wisconsin

According to the National Safety Council, 3.6 million auto accidents in the U.S. in one recent year resulted in 5.2 million injuries for which victims sought medical aid. These injuries can vary considerably depending on the type and severity of the crash. Auto accidents frequently injure vulnerable body parts such as the head, neck, chest, abdomen, and limbs. Some of the most common types of injuries caused by auto accidents in Wisconsin include:


Head and Brain Injuries

 A car accident can cause a person to suffer various head and brain injuries. Common head injuries in auto accidents can include skull, orbital bone, or jaw fractures, facial lacerations and scarring, and eye trauma. Car accidents can also lead to traumatic brain injuries like concussions, contusions, hematomas, hemorrhage, and diffuse axonal injury.


Neck and Back Injuries

 The force of a collision can result in traumatic injury to soft tissues in the neck or back. Common types of neck and back injuries arising from auto accidents include whiplash, nerve damage, herniated or bulging spinal discs, fractured vertebrae, and spinal cord injuries. Neck and back injuries can lead to temporary or permanent numbness, paralysis, or severe chronic pain.


Chest and Abdominal Injuries

 Vehicle occupants can suffer chest and abdominal injuries when their bodies hit the steering wheel or dashboard or from contact with seatbelts and airbags. Common chest or abdominal injuries that can result from a car accident include contusions, broken ribs, collapsed lungs, or damage to vital organs like the heart, liver, or stomach.


Arm and Leg Injuries

 Car crashes can cause various forms of trauma to extremities, including lacerations, dislocated joints, fractures, ligament sprains and tears, muscle or tendon strains and tears, crush injuries, and, in extreme cases, traumatic amputation or limb loss. Severe limb injuries caused by auto accidents can leave injured victims with chronic pain or disabilities.


Emotional or Psychological Injuries

 A car accident can leave drivers and passengers with a variety of emotional and psychological impacts. The shock of a crash can cause vehicle occupants to develop mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, survivor’s guilt, or phobias of driving or riding in vehicles.


Physical injuries and disabilities that a person suffers in an auto accident can also result in long-lasting emotional and psychological trauma, such as depression and anxiety over physical disabilities that prevent one from performing daily tasks or participating in activities that one enjoys. Emotional trauma can also result from severe and permanent scarring or disfigurement caused by injuries or burns, which may affect one’s perception of their self-image or cause embarrassment or self-consciousness.


Contact a Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer Today

 Recovering from car accident injuries can be a stressful and overwhelming process. You deserve the support of an experienced Wisconsin auto accident attorney who understands what you’re going through and has the skills and resources to fight for the full compensation you deserve. Atterbury, Kammer & Haag, S.C., is prepared to advocate for your rights and interests and will work hard to recover compensation for your injuries and other losses. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your situation. We look forward to demonstrating how our firm will pursue the justice you deserve.

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