The Chicago metropolitan area is among the most congested in the United States. The average driver spends an extra 111 hours in the car each year because of traffic. Along with the millions of cars on our roadways each day also comes an increased risk of car accidents and potential injury.
Some car crashes are minor, while others result in severe injuries with long-term effects or even permanent disability to drivers and occupants. Anyone injured in an auto accident should first seek medical attention for a complete diagnosis. If your accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, the next step is to contact a skilled personal injury lawyer who can fight for the compensation you deserve.
Here are some of the most frequent injuries suffered in car collisions:
A concussion can occur due to a direct impact to the skull or from the head being thrown side-to-side or front-to-back because of the force of an accident. Concussion symptoms include headache, dizziness, ear ringing, and head pressure. Symptoms may develop immediately or hours after the crash.
This injury happens when a person’s neck whips due to a sudden stop or turn, and the effect on the tendons and muscles can result in stiffness, pain, and reduced range of motion. In severe cases, a person could experience ear ringing, lack of sleep, and blurred vision.
Bones in the legs, feet, hands, and arms are often broken in car crashes. In rear-end accidents, broken hands, wrists, and arms can occur because the driver’s natural tendency is to hold onto the steering wheel. Broken bone symptoms include intense pain, bruising, swelling, and redness.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD sometimes develops when an individual has endured an especially traumatic car accident, whether it involved serious injury to themselves or others in the automobile. This can cause a person to avoid driving, as being behind the wheel can bring back frightening memories and lead to panic attacks.
Contact a Will County Car Accident Lawyer
If you were injured in a car wreck caused by the negligent actions of another driver, you need a trusted legal advocate who is prepared to fight for you. At McNamara Phelan McSteen, LLC, we will aggressively pursue the financial award you need to cover all expenses related to your injury. For a free consultation with a dependable Joliet personal injury attorney, call us today at 815-727-0100.