Common injuries in rollover accidents
Auto accidents can occur in different ways, due to various causes, and with different outcomes and levels of severity. Unfortunately, neither of them is a pleasant experience or something we can plan for.
One of the types of car accidents that can have the most devastating results is those accidents due to rollovers, where the control of the vehicle is lost completely. As a result, the driver and passengers can receive different impacts due to the car’s movement.
Fortunately, these types of accidents are not the most common. On the contrary, they are relatively rare, and it is estimated that they only represent two percent of all car accidents that occur in the United States each year. But, they are the ones that cause the most fatalities; according to statistics, around 10,000 people lose their lives every year due to this type of accident.
The most common reasons for rollover accidents are speeding, loss of vehicle control – whether because of a flat tire, obstacles on the road, or falling asleep, among others – which can cause the car to go off the road.
Some of the most common injuries that we can find in rollover accidents include:
– Traumatic brain injuries. The head is one of the most vulnerable areas of the body in a crash, and in a rollover accident, the head can take several hits, especially if you are not wearing a seat belt.
– Spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries can cause partial or complete paralysis, which will reduce the person’s mobility and affect other organs. These types of injuries – like the previous ones – can completely change a person’s life.
– Broken bones. People who experience these types of accidents often end up with multiple broken bones. Some of these injuries may require surgery to heal fully; they are usually excruciating injuries that require rehabilitation.
– Lacerations, bruises, and scrapes. Moving with such force inside a heavy vehicle can cause the person to receive several blows causing bruises, abrasions, and even lacerations.
When people are involved in severe accidents, like having their car roll over, sometimes the shock of the accident and adrenaline of the moment will hide some symptoms. Therefore, even when you think your injuries may not be so severe, it is vitally important that you go to the hospital for a medical check-up.