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Common Austin Area Car Accident and Truck Wreck Injuries
When vehicles collide, whether passenger cars or 18-wheelers, the weight of the vehicles and the rate of speed often mean serious injuries for drivers and passengers. Even a low-speed wreck can cause injuries that require long-term care. No two Austin car accidents are exactly the same, but there are some injuries that an Austin car accident attorney sees more often than others.
"Whiplash" and Other Neck Injuries
Because the impact of an Austin area wreck may cause your head and neck to move violently, "whiplash" is one of the most common claims. "Whiplash" is a term that describes a range of painful issues in the neck, head, and/or shoulders, and you may not even feel it until the day after your Austin area car or truck wreck. The pain you feel could be the result of torn or strained ligaments, muscles, or even an injury to the discs in your neck. Although many victims of car accidents recover from whiplash pain within a few months, around 15% go on to have chronic neck issues.
Back and Spinal Injuries
Your back is very vulnerable to sudden jolts, twists, or impacts. Back pain after a car or 18-wheeler wreck in the Austin area could indicate a herniated disc, a compression fracture of the vertebrae, torn ligaments, or even nerve damage. Back injuries sustained in a car accident often mean surgery and other expensive medical treatments. Many back injuries will also require ongoing therapy and medication to increase a car accident victim's functioning and comfort.
As a Texas truck wreck lawyer, I have seen car accident victims who have suffered traumatic brain injury in Texas wrecks, and I understand how frightening it can be. Any injury to the brain has the potential to affect your ability to walk, talk, and live a "normal" life. These kinds of injuries are often accompanied by other serious brain injuries, such as a hematoma, skull fracture, or nerve damage. Additionally, many people experience somewhat less severe brain injuries, such as concussions.
Internal Organ Damage
Along with brain injuries, damage to the internal organs, such as the kidneys, spleen, or lungs, may go undetected because they are not visible from the outside. However, these kinds of injuries could require emergency medical care.
Ultimately, if you experience any pain or unusual symptoms after your Austin area car wreck, talk to your doctor immediately. Finding and treating these injuries as soon as possible may help you avoid problems in the future, and could even save your life.
If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a car or truck wreck in Austin or the surrounding area, including Round Rock, Pflugerville, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Leander, Bastrop, Taylor, Buda, Kyle and San Marcos, contact an experienced Austin area car accident lawyer today at 512-454-1331 for a completely FREE legal consultation. Earl Straight can help explain your rights, gather evidence, and work hard to get a fair settlement for you. While you're here, please also take a look at Earl Straight's book Texas Accident Law and You: 8 Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Making Them, which you can receive as a FREE gift for visiting the site today.