The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) reports traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of four and thirty-four in our state. In 2007, over 50,000 people were injured in traffic collisions and some 90 percent of all car crashes are listed as preventable incidents.
These statistics are frightening for sheer volume and for the pain and suffering they represent. As personal injury lawyers, we work regularly with individuals and families struggling with serious accident injury in Hunt Valley.
Because auto accidents often occur between moving vehicles, combined force in even a minor accident can lead to disabling injury. Typical injuries suffered by victims of car accidents include the following:
- Broken bones. Bones are frequently broken during higher speed accidents. Prominent bony areas—including skull, hands, and knees—are highly susceptible to crushing. Legs, arms, and back are frequently twisted to the breaking point.
- Lacerations. Bruises, cuts, and internal injury accompany many accidents.
- Head and brain injury. Sudden acceleration and deceleration transfer force to the head, neck, and brain, sometimes causing traumatic brain injury (TBI)—a serious, disabling, and usually permanent injury.
- Spinal cord injury (SCI). Impact force can twist, shear, and break vertebrae, traumatizing the delicate spinal cord, causing paralysis and loss of motor function including paraplegia and quadriplegia.
Preventing any accident is important. However, if you suffer injury, contact our office for experienced advice and strong representation to protect your rights—and your future.