Most car accidents lead to serious consequences and your injuries can vary depending on the type of car accident you experience. Knowing the types of dangerous car accidents will help you prepare for what to expect and how to handle the situation if one of these car accidents happens to you. There are also things you can do after an accident to prevent further injury and increase your chances of obtaining enough compensation to cover most of your accident-related expenses. Contact an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer if you have questions about personal injury claims and how much compensation you can receive.
Main Types of Dangerous Car Accidents
Rear-end collisions push the car forward and increase the force pulling you back. This has led to whiplash injuries, spine fractures, and head injuries. Airbags and seatbelts are not as effective because they cannot stop you from impacting the back of your seat and most car seats are not made with soft materials.
Frontal collisions will cause your car to stop abruptly while your body continues to move forward. The forward motion of your body will cause your whole body to lunge forward. This is why airbags and seatbelts are designed to lessen the impact of this force. Common injuries are bone fractures and dislocations of the ankle, knee, and femur. Head injuries are also common, but may not be as severe as in other types of accidents.
Side collisions tend to push the head sideways, which can cause nerve damage in the neck. This can lead to chronic neck pain and psychological problems associated with that pain. Other common injuries are leg fractures and head injuries.
Rollover collisions are the most violent types of accidents. Seatbelts have little effect on controlling where your body hits the insides of the car. Airbags may not stop most of the damage unless your car has side airbags. Sharp broken glass can cause lacerations and the hard impacts can break bones and cause severe head injuries.
What to do After a Car Accident
It is important to know what to do after a car accident because, sometimes, one mistake can set you back on obtaining the compensation you need to recover. First, you need to move yourself and anyone else involved out of the way of oncoming traffic. However, avoid moving yourself or anyone who experiences severe neck or back pain if possible because one wrong move could worsen the injury. Call 911 regardless of whether you think the injuries are severe.
Take pictures of the accident and your injuries for evidence. Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. Put all this information together and send this to your insurance company as a personal injury claim.
Oklahoma Car Accident Attorney
Some insurance companies will offer you fair compensation, but most will avoid this at all costs and will use tactics to offer you as little compensation as possible. Talk to an Oklahoma auto accident lawyer who can help you avoid unfair deals with insurance companies. Call the Law Firm of Griffin Reynolds at (405) 721-9500 for a free consultation today. We offer legal services for car accidents and nursing home abuse.