Certain bones in the human body are most susceptible to breaking in a car accident.
Each day, people get injured and killed in car accidents. Car accident injuries can range from minor bruises and sprains to serious and life-threatening traumatic brain injuries and internal injuries. Many injuries require nothing more than first aid, but other injuries require prolonged and extensive treatment including a long hospital stay, surgery, and physical therapy. One of the most common injuries sustained in car accidents are broken bone injuries. Certain bones in the human body are most susceptible to breaking.
Tibia and Fibula Fractures
Lower leg fractures can occur when the leg area in the vehicle crumples during the crash.
Rib fractures are fairly common and can be caused by the impact of the seatbelt or when the airbag deploys during a crash.
The femur bone is one of the strongest bones in the body. However, in a high impact collision, the femur bone can suffer a fracture.
Pelvis fractures are more common in motorcycle accidents. Pelvis fractures can also occur in car accidents, especially when a person is ejected from the vehicle.
According to doctors, hip fractures are the most common fractures sustained in car accidents.
The wrist joint is made up of many fragile bones and any of these bones can become fractured in a car crash. Wrist fractures commonly occur when a person braces for an oncoming collision by holding on to the steering wheel or dash.
Cranio-facial fractures usually occur when a person strikes the windshield or dashboard. This can happen when he or she is not properly buckled up at the time of the crash.
Fractured discs are a common injury suffered in rear-end and head-on collisions.
Like wrist fractures, arm fractures can also occur when a person braces for the impact of the crash.
The clavicle, or collar bone, is among the more fragile bones in the body and it can easily break during a crash.
Treatment for Broken Bones
Depending on the location and severity of a fracture, treatment may involve wearing a brace to keep a broken bone in place or in severe cases, surgery followed by physical therapy. Surgery usually involves the use of metal plates and screws to hold the fragments in place to help healing.
Seeking Compensation for Broken Bones
If your car accident injury is a result of another driver’s negligence, you may be able to recover damages for past and future medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Seek legal help from a Chicago car injury lawyer to protect your rights. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.