According to South Carolina’s Information Highway, there are 3.5 million registered vehicles currently within our state. In addition to this staggering number, countless other travelers come through South Carolina each day, inevitably leading to a significant amount of traffic accidents on roads and highways.
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety reports that there are at least 100,000 motor vehicle collisions resulting in either substantial property damage or injury occurring each year. While the overall number of these types of collisions has steadily decreased year after year, they still happen frequently enough that it should be a concern to all of us who get behind the wheel.
What to Do if an Accident Happens
It is incredibly important for you to learn what to do after an accident occurs. In the immediate aftermath, your thoughts should be about your own health and safety, as well as that of any others involved in the accident. Car accidents can often lead to both devastating property damage and catastrophic injuries, although in the direct aftermath of an accident you should be solely concerned with the former.
The lower back is the most common site of back injuries, including sprains and strains, herniated discs and fractured vertebrae. Unfortunately, back injury can cause long lasting pain and discomfort, and may ultimately lead to limited mobility. Sometimes the symptoms of even the most serious back injuries can take some time to show up after an accident.
Neck injuries are an extremely common result a car accident. They often appear in mild forms such as whiplash and neck strain, but are sometimes more serious injuries like cervical dislocation and disc injury.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The damage to the spinal cord occurs when displaced disc material, bone fragments, or ligaments bruise or tear into spinal cord tissue. Damage to the spinal cord often results in a loss of function or feeling.
Brain and Head Injuries
One of the most common and debilitating injuries suffered by drivers and passengers are brain injuries caused by the head being hit or hitting an object violently. This is commonly referred to as traumatic brain injury. Symptoms can be mild, moderate or severe, depending on the extent of damage to the brain and the area affected. Even when there is no visible sign of trauma (i.e. cuts or bruises), the brain may have been jostled inside the skull due to the force of impact causing bruising, bleeding, and swelling of the brain.
The impact of a motor vehicle accident can cause internal injuries, including injuries to kidneys, the spleen, liver, lungs, heart, or bowels. Fractured ribs are also quite common, causing punctured lungs and other internal organs. Internal injuries are life threatening and should be treated by a medical professional immediately.
In a car accident, injuries to the face are common and can be caused by the steering wheel, dashboard, airbag, windshield, side window, car seats or shattered glass. These injuries range in severity from scrapes and bruises, to laceration and fractures, and even serious injuries affecting the jaw and teeth.
Contact a South Carolina Attorney
Being in a car accident can be extremely traumatic, and it is important that anyone who has sustained injuries contact an experienced legal professional immediately. Contact us today at Callihan & Syracuse in order to discuss your available legal options after a motor vehicle accident and to get your case started in the right way. We have a team of legal professionals ready and able to guide you through the process. We will help you deal with the insurance company, order your accident report, assess any personal or property damage, recoup lost wages, and stay on top of your medical bills. We are passionate, dedicated, and ready to help.