Traffic collisions have the ability to cause a wide range of injuries. Anything from whiplash to quadriplegia is possible. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has compiled data showing that roughly six and a half million auto accidents occur every year here in the United States. 37,461 lives were ended in fatal vehicle accidents in 2016. Injuries related to collisions resulted in Americans spending more one million days in the emergency room or in hospital. For those who do not wind up a fatality statistic, an injury to the chest is one of the most frequent types of injury that can result from a traffic collision. Usually brought on by the restraint of a seatbelt, airbags deploying, and steering wheel columns slamming into the chest of a passenger or driver involved, the chest area is highly prone to multiple injuries, much like those presented in this post. Several of these injuries could potentially take hours or even days before you are even aware that you have them. That is the reason it is essential that you seek medical attention as well as a personal injury attorney after any car crash.
In the few days following your accident, you need to be aware of any sharp, shooting pains in your chest and through your sides. These might possibly signify a fractured or a broken rib. This is a typical injury for motorists to experience, caused by the impact made when slamming into the steering wheel during the collision. A broken or fractured rib can quickly become a punctured lung or something even more dangerous if you have broken several ribs on the same side. Broken or fractured ribs can take up to two months to heal.
The sternum is the more proper name for your breastbone, which is the long, flat bone located in the center of your chest. It makes the front part of your rib cage and serves to shield vital organs from any injuries. The unexpected impact against the steering wheel that can occur during a car crash can cause severe internal bruising around this large bone. This usually results in dull, throbbing pains that get worse when you inhale. If you start noticing these pains or other pains, similar to those that have been described here, do not simply assume it is just a bruised sternum. Seek immediate medical assistance.
Damage to Internal Organs
The most crucial of all chest injuries is one that results in the injury to any internal organ, particularly the heart. Damage to any single internal organ has the capability to be life-threatening. Car accidents that result from high impacts can also result in internal bleeding. Some symptoms of internal bleeding and/or organ damage are lightheadedness, fatigue, pale complexion, feeling cold or feverish, or experiencing abdominal pain.
These are just a few of the types of injuries that can be caused to the chest during the commission of a traffic accident. If you or someone you love has suffered from a chest injury, or any other type of injury due to the recklessness of another driver then you will need to make sure that you seek immediate medical attention. The next step that you need to take is to contact a qualified personal injury attorney. When you have an attorney from the McGuire Law Firm on your side you can feel certain that your rights will be taken very seriously and that we will strive to get you compensated for every damage that the law says you are entitled to. If you think you would be interested in a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys, please give us a call today at (405) 513-5658 and find out what we can do to help you.