How Does Speed Impact Injuries Sustained in a Car Accident?

Published on Mar 21, 2019 at 6:58 am in Car Accidents.
How Does Speed Impact Injuries Sustained in a Car Accident?

When you’re involved in an auto collision, the results can be devastating. Suffering from terrible injuries can put your life on hold. You’re probably worrying about how long the injuries will take to heal and how much work you’ll be missing. It’s enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed. But there are legal options for you. Corban Gunn, Attorney at Law can represent you and get you the justice you deserve. We’ll make sure your rights are protected.

Your compensation should help you cover your medical expenses so you can pay for past bills and anything you’ll need to afford in the future. The important factor with this is that you’ll need to know what your injuries are. This isn’t always apparent right after a car accident. Your injuries could take a few days or weeks to show up. During this time, your lawyer would advise you to not talk to any insurance adjusters if they contact you. They’re likely trying to get you to settle early—meaning you’ll get less compensation than you deserve.

While car accident injuries can vary in level of severity, any kind of injury can cause long-lasting issues. All accidents should be taken seriously, as it doesn’t take much to cause injuries or damages. Let’s take a look at what kinds of injuries can occur when the speeds are different.

Low and High-Speed Car Accidents

When one pictures a car accident, they may think of a high-speed crash, or an accident on the highway. But many common kinds of crashes occur at slow speeds as well. This doesn’t mean they’re safer or that the injuries aren’t serious.

Low-speed crashes could be considered fender benders. These accidents can occur in parking lots and are also common in rear-ending incidents. This is when a driver is distracted and doesn’t see that the car in front of them is stopped. They either don’t notice or don’t have time to hit the brakes, and they hit the rear of the car in front of them. In low-speed crashes, the seats remain intact, so the body may absorb the shock from the hit. This can force the head and neck to jerk back and forth violently. Unfortunately, this often results in whiplash. The impact can also cause other kinds of soft tissue injuries.

These injuries are ones that may take a while to present. When you’re in shock from the accident, you may not notice certain symptoms of injuries. You may even think you’re completely fine. You may even walk away after a low-speed accident.

However, a few days later you may notice a pain or stiffness in your neck, indicating that you didn’t walk away unscathed. It’s vital to get a medical evaluation so you know the full extent of your injuries.

But these are for low-speed car accidents involving two drivers. Low-speed car accidents can be deadly for cyclists or pedestrians. They have no protection to absorb the force of the crash. When a car is going at 25-35 mph, a collision with a pedestrian can be fatal. This may not seem fast at all to a driver and is a common speed to travel at, so it’s imperative for drivers to be on high alert when they are driving in suburban areas.

High-speed accidents are dangerous and may need immediate treatment. This could mean needing emergency responders on the scene to help get them to a hospital. Walking away from a high-speed accident is less common than with a low-speed accident.

Both can result in catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries. These can have permanent effects on a person’s life, and will likely require some form of continued care. This could be needing physical therapy, in-home care, or the use of medical devices like a wheelchair. Affording these can seem daunting, but that’s what your claim is for. With our help, your settlement will take into account the injuries, damages and total losses you’ve suffered.

Get the Help You Need from Corban Gunn, Attorney at Law

The burden of affording the cost of the accident shouldn’t be on you because you were not the one at fault. Negligent drivers need to be held responsible for their actions. Corban Gunn, Attorney at Law will carefully review your case. We’ll find out who is responsible for your injuries and we will make sure they’re held accountable for their actions. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation. You’ll have peace of mind that you’re taking steps to protecting your best interests and helping your recovery process.



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