Seven Most Common Fractures in a Georgia Car Wreck
Car crashes can exert tremendous forces on the human body, even at low rates of speed. The human body was not made to withstand this kind of pressure. Bones fracture and snap, often with devastating results. If you suffer a fracture in a Georgia car wreck, it may take months or even years to get your life back on track.
As many as seven million people suffer from broken bones every year in the United States. Fractures may lead to complications and long-term health problems. Here are eight of the most common fractures in a Georgia car wreck.
1 Wrist Fractures
Wrists are often broken in car crashes. When drivers and passengers are in a collision, they instinctively put their wrists forward in anticipation of the impact. The wrist is made up of many small bones that can crack and shatter. A broken wrist often takes months to heal and you may be off work for some time. All fractures can be costly, particularly if you lack health insurance.
2 Broken collarbones
Like the wrist, the collarbone, or clavicle is one of the most vulnerable bones in the human body. If you suffer pain when you turn your head or feel discomfort on one side when you lift, you may have broken your collarbone. Always seek immediate medical advice if you suffer from these symptoms.
In many serious crashes, a seatbelt may have saved you from more serious injuries but caused a broken clavicle.
The collarbone connects the upper part of the breastbone to your shoulder blade. This injury is usually treated by the use of arm sling. A broken clavicle can disrupt your life for months. Surgery is also often necessary for a broken collarbone. The average healing time is about three to six weeks for children who break their collarbones and six to twelve weeks for adults.
3 Pelvic fractures
Pelvic fractures are more common in motorcycle crashes than car wrecks, but they may occur in automobile wrecks. This can be a very serious injury. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. about 15 percent of collisions cause some form of pelvic damage. As many as a quarter of victims who die in traffic accidents suffered broken pelvises.
Minor pelvic injuries can be treated with painkillers and bed rest. Severe injuries to the pelvis involving broken bones can be life-threatening, causing extensive internal bleeding and internal organs damage. Emergency intervention is needed for this injury if it is severe.
4 Rib Fractures
Rib fractures often occur in serious car crashes in Georgia. Broken ribs and damaged tissues in your chest often cause severe pain and pressure. Given the closeness of the ribs to your lungs, broken ribs can cause serious internal injuries.
Often the car’s steering wheel slams into the chest of the driver during a car crash, damaging his or her ribcage. Broken ribs are frightening and can lead to disruption in your job. Fortunately, they usually often heal on their own with little medical intervention and relatively few complications.
5 Knee and Lower Leg Fractures
The tibia and fibula are large bones that run parallel through the lower leg. They are prone to break in a car crash. Cars are designed with little legroom. When a vehicle is crushed or crumpled from the front, the forces may damage the legs of occupants.
If you fracture your tibia or fibula, you might need open reduction and internal fixation surgery to put your bones back into place and help them heal. These are costly and complicated procedures. Knee and lower leg fractures affect the victim’s ability to walk and often cause major problems in their lives. Breaks to the femur or thighbones, the longest bone in the human body, can be fatal.
6 Spinal Fractures
Spinal fractures vary in seriousness. You may not immediately realize one of the smaller spinal bones fractured after an accident. However, a severing of the spinal cord can lead to paralysis and instant death.
Back injuries range from relatively mild ligament and muscle strains to fractures and dislocations of the bony vertebrae, to life-altering spinal cord damage. Many car accident victims suffer back problems after their crash. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may experience difficulty walking, pain, and be unable to move parts of your body. Damage to vertebrae may require corrective surgery to put the bones back in place.
7 Arm fractures
People who are involved in car wrecks will often try to brace themselves with their arm, fracturing it.
A humerus fracture is a break in the bone of the upper arm connecting the elbow to the shoulder joint. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, states these injuries are often very painful and account for about 3 percent of all fractures.
All fractures have the potential to cause serious complications to people involved in car wrecks. If you broke a bone in a car accident in Georgia, it makes sense to consult a Newnan car accident lawyer. Call us today at (404) 913-1529.