Avoiding Serious Injuries in Mississippi Auto Accidents
Auto accidents can lead to serious injuries for drivers and passengers involved. For those who survive their auto accident, the impact can be long-lasting, with some people suffering from chronic pain or permanent disability.
Serious Injuries Suffered in Auto Accidents
The most serious injuries associated with car collisions include:
- Head and neck trauma, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussion, whiplash or spinal cord damage
- Fractures of the arms, legs, ribs and other bones
- Organ damage caused by blunt force trauma
- Psychological trauma resulting in depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Burns from contact with an exploding airbag or hot surfaces in a vehicle
- Death due to complications related to any of the above injuries
Factors that Increase the Risk of Serious Injury in Auto Accidents
While injuries in some car accidents are minor and go away over time, others can be debilitating and life-altering. Factors that increase the risk of suffering serious injury in a crash include:
- Speeding – Driving over the speed limit increases your chance of fatal or serious injury by up to four times.
- Distracted driving – Taking your eyes off the road for even a few seconds can have disastrous consequences.
- Not wearing a seat belt – Wearing a seat belt is one of the most important safety measures you can take, yet many people still don’t buckle up.
- Drunk driving – Alcohol adversely affects judgment and significantly raises the chances of an accident with serious injuries.
- Weather conditions – Rain, snow, fog and other weather conditions reduce visibility, making it more difficult to drive, and thus increasing the risk of a crash.
- Age – Young drivers (under 25) are more likely to be involved in serious accidents than older drivers.
Preventing Serious Injuries in Auto Accidents
While some factors that influence the severity of a car accident are out of our control, there are many steps we can take to reduce the risk of serious injury:
- Obey speed limits and other driving laws at all times.
- Don’t drink and drive or use drugs before getting behind the wheel.
- Always buckle up when you get into a car.
- Avoid distractions while driving like talking on the phone or texting.
- Be alert and aware of the conditions around you, especially in bad weather.
- Keep your car maintained and inspected regularly to avoid mechanical problems that could lead to an accident.
By taking simple steps like these, you can significantly reduce your risk of serious injury in an auto accident. If you’ve been involved in an auto accident and suffered serious injuries, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible for advice on how to proceed with a lawsuit or other legal action.
Diaz Law Firm: Auto Accident Cases
Those injured in collisions caused by negligent drivers or other entities can benefit from the services of Diaz Law Firm‘s experienced auto accident lawyers in Mississippi. Our telephone number is 800-459-2222, and we can be reached online. If you would like to speak with one of our lawyers about your potential case, please do not hesitate to call. Unless your case is successfully resolved, we do not charge you a fee.