Common Car Accident Causes and Injuries
Numerous people are injured in car crashes every year and tragically many victims lose their lives as a result of the injuries they sustain. Furthermore, the medical bills and lost wages that usually go hand in hand with severe injuries can make it nearly impossible for an injured person and his or her family to completely recover from an accident. Fortunately, injured parties can and should collect compensation from the negligent or reckless individuals who were responsible for causing their injuries.Contributing Factors
The severity and type of injuries sustained in a car accident depend on a number of factors, such as:
- The number and size of the vehicles involved in the crash;
- The speed at which the vehicles were traveling;
- Whether the injured parties were wearing seat belts;
- The age and general health of the injured parties; and
- Whether airbags appropriately deployed during the crash.
The type of accident also impacts the severity of injuries suffered by a car’s occupants. The most common types of crashes include:
- Multi-vehicle crashes;
- Rear end collisions;
- Sideswipe crashes; and
- Side impact (T-bone) collisions.
All of these types of accidents are dangerous. However, some kinds of crashes are more likely to result in certain types of injuries than are others. For example, victims involved in side impact collisions are more likely to suffer from shoulder injuries, hearing loss, and head trauma than are those who are rear ended. Victims who have been rear-ended, on the other hand, are more likely to suffer from whiplash or spinal cord damage.
Aside from physical injuries, many car accident victims also suffer from emotional trauma for months or even years after the crash. In some cases, victims require therapy or prescription medications to handle their anxiety or depression. Victims who suffer from the following symptoms may be experiencing signs of stress-related disorders:
- Irritation and sudden mood swings; and
- Memory problems.
Fortunately, in Arizona, injured parties can seek aid from therapists and other medical professionals, although treatment can be expensive, which makes it especially important for accident victims to seek compensation from the responsible parties.Establishing Negligence
To establish that another person was negligent, the injured party must demonstrate that:
- The defendant had a duty to exercise reasonable care;
- The defendant breached that duty; and
- The breach caused the plaintiff’s injury.
Arizona follows the legal theory of comparative negligence, which states that even if injured parties contribute to an accident, they can still recover compensation for the losses suffered, although the amount they can collect will be reduced by their percentage of fault. If a plaintiff is able to produce the necessary evidence, he or she could collect some or all of the following damages:
- Medical expenses;
- Property damage;
- Lost wages;
- Loss of future income;
- Pain and suffering;
- Scarring and disfigurement; and
- Loss of consortium.
If you were injured in a car crash in the Phoenix area, please contact the legal team at Abels & Annes, P.C. to chat with a knowledgeable and compassionate car accident attorney today. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by phone, email, and live chat.