Motor vehicle accidents in Arizona and throughout the country can result in both human and financial losses. There are thousands of fatalities per year and many more serious injuries. It isn’t uncommon for vehicle accident victims to strike their heads on steering wheels, dashboards or windows. This can lead to concussions and other forms of traumatic brain injuries
Blows to the head can also cause skull fractures, headaches and other head or neck pain. Spinal cord injuries may result in numbness, an inability to control limbs or extremities and paralysis. Whiplash occurs when the head or neck is forced to move at an unnatural angle or at a relatively high rate of speed. Symptoms of whiplash include neck soreness, swelling or an inability to speak for several hours or days. The severity of a person’s injuries will typically depend on the severity of the accident itself.
Those who have been involved in a motor vehicle accident may be hesitant to drive. For people who are, it may still be difficult to drive on highways or near the area where their accidents occurred. It may be necessary to seek the help of a mental health professional to overcome the fear of riding in or driving a vehicle.
Having the help of a personal injury attorney may be an effective way to obtain a favorable outcome in a motor vehicle accident case. An attorney may be able to use witness statements or other forms of evidence to establish that another person’s negligence caused a victim’s back, neck or head injuries. This may entitle an injured victim to compensation for current and future medical bills as well as other damages.