According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, in 2012, more than 22,900 people were injured in car accidents in Maricopa County, which is home to Phoenix. Another 315 people died in car accidents. The financial cost of injury accidents totaled more than $713 million. Fatal accidents amounted to an additional $491 million in economic loss. While these numbers do not break down the extent of the economic loss of those directly involved in the accident, it can be surmised that the amount is great. Read also: Work zone accidents are common and dangerous.
Car accident injuries and fatalities can lead to significant expenditures for the victims and their families. Often, the victims do not know what to do in order to recover financially from a car accident. What’s more, people are often unaware of their rights under Arizona’s personal injury laws.
If you have been injured, or have lost a loved one in an accident, do not wait until you are overwhelmed to get the help that you need. Contact our experienced Phoenix car accident attorney today to find out what your options are. Read also: Ohio motorists who text and drive threaten the lives of innocent people.
What Are The Most Common Car Accident Injuries In Phoenix?
Car accident injuries can range from minor cuts, scrapes and bruises to broken bones, internal injuries and even death.
Some of the most common car accident injuries include:
Back and spine injuries
Back and spine injuries affect different parts of the back. Back injuries primarily refer to the lower back, disks or vertebrae. Spine injuries primarily refer to the displacement of bone fragments, ligaments or disks, or damage to spinal cord tissue.
Whiplash and neck strain are the two most common neck injuries sustained in car accidents. Even so, more serious injuries or breaks are possible.
Brain injuries are among the most serious injuries sustained during a car accident. Even though an individual does not present symptoms of a brain injury, such an injury may still be a very real concern.
Head injuries do not always equate with brain injuries. Head injuries may include concussion, inflammation or, potentially, skull fractures. Read also: Car Accident Settlements In New York.
Fatal car accident injuries
Many car accidents end in immediate death due to the trauma sustained in the accident. In many other cases, the injuries sustained can lead to complications or infections, or may be severe enough to cause death soon after the accident.
What Can I Do If I Have Been Injured In A Car Accident?
After an injurious or fatal car accident, you may be wondering what your next steps should be. You may be concerned about dealing with insurance companies or other drivers. You may also be concerned about how you are going to recover financially. Do not let the weight of these concerns hinder your recovery and outlook. With the help of an experienced car accident attorney, you can alleviate the stress of these concerns and rely on the knowledge and capability of an experienced representative.