Whether you've been involved in a head-on collision, T-bone accident, or rollover, your body can only withstand so much trauma in a car wreck.
Even if you survive a serious crash, you are likely to sustain broken bones. They can range in severity from small cracks to painful compound fractures. In extreme cases, broken bones can be life-threatening when internal organs protected by the ribs are affected.
How broken bones are sustained in car wrecks
Broken bones can be caused by any type of crash. The severity of broken bones often depends on many factors, such as the force of impact and the amount of protection afforded to crash victims. For example:
- Frontal collisions: The impact of a head-on collision or other frontal collision can result in a broken collarbone or fractured ribs if a crash victim is wearing a seatbelt. At high impact, occupants can be ejected or crushed inside the vehicle.
- Side impact crashes: Unless your vehicle is equipped with side airbags, there is very little offering protection between you and the side of your vehicle. If you are struck from the side by another driver, you could suffer broken limbs, broken ribs, and damage to the spine.
- Rollover accidents: If you're involved in a rollover accident at a high speed, you could be thrown from or trapped inside your vehicle.
- Vulnerable road users: Pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists don't have the protection of a sturdy vehicle frame. They aren't equipped with seatbelts or airbags. When they are struck, they often suffer the most devastating injuries.
Signs of a bone fracture
If you have sustained a bone fracture, you may initially experience swelling, bruising, bleeding and acute pain. If it occurred on a limb, you may have limited mobility, or you may not be able to move the affected limb at all. The bones most susceptible to fractures include:
- Hips and pelvis
- Femur bone
Identifying the severity of your bone fracture
Broken bones come in many different forms. The most common are:
- Simple fractures: a bone breaks in one place
- Closed fractures: a bone breaks without puncturing the skin
- Comminuted fracture: a bone breaks in multiple places
- Open or compound fracture: the skin is broken with the bone exposed
- Oblique fracture: the break occurs on the long axis of the bone
- Undisplaced fracture/stable fracture: broken bones are still aligned
- Displaced fracture: broken bones are misaligned or out of place
- Transverse fracture: the break occurs at a right angle on the long axis of the bone
- Greenstick fracture: the break occurs on one side of the bone, causing it to bend on the other side
Recovering from broken bones after a car wreck
If you have sustained broken bones after a car wreck, you need to seek immediate medical attention. Broken bones can heal in as little as six weeks, but full recovery can take much longer. The healing process can be influenced by a crash victim's diet or health habits, according to Very Well Health.
Medical treatment may require X-rays, medications for pain and inflammation, and physical therapy. Your injury may also require a cast, as well as screws and pins. During the healing process, you may not be able to work or engage in everyday activities. Once the fracture has healed, you may have to rebuild strength, mobility and flexibility in the affected area over time with physical therapy.
The medical procedures and time spent away from work can be financially overwhelming. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a car wreck, an experienced Alabama personal injury lawyer can help you obtain compensation for your losses.
Car accident attorney Mike Slocumb knows how to handle cases like yours. His legal team has the experience and competitive edge to take on insurance companies and hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation.