Car Accident Back Injury Statistics

Back Injury Car Accident In a mere matter of moments, a car accident can change our lives permanently and force us to adapt to an entirely new lifestyle tailored to our new limitations. Back injuries can be especially debilitating and painful due to the importance the spine plays in relaying impulses between our extremities and brain. The Chicago car accident injury attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers understand the physical, emotional and financial toll that back injuries can have on you and your family and may be able to ensure that you receive the compensation you need to be able to preserve your dignity and a reasonable quality of life as you move forward.

The Causes of Back and Spine Injuries during Car Accidents

While there isn’t a single cause for back injuries during car accidents, the laws of physics do explain why they are highly probable during situations where victims undergo rapid changes in direction and velocity. A car crash usually causes the back to move forward very quickly due to forward momentum and a seatbelt, airbag or collision with an object inside of the vehicle can cause the body to snap back in the opposite direction. This whip-like motion compresses the spine and may rupture discs in the spine or cause herniated discs when they are thrown out of place.

It is also possible for blunt force trauma or contact with debris and sharp objects to break the bones comprising the vertebrae in the spine or to sever major nerves that are responsible for communication between the brain and the rest of the body. The impact of these injuries can be debilitating in a number of different ways, which include the following.

  • Injuries that cause chronic pain due to the exposure or compression of nerves. This often occurs with ruptured or herniated discs because the shock-absorbing fluid inside of the discs is no longer there to provide cushion and protection. Victims may never be able to enjoy some of the physical activities they once participated in due to the risk of flare ups or attacks that can cause excruciating pain.

  • Injuries that impact motor function. Pinched nerves and damaged discs can make it difficult for victims to maintain motor function due to interruptions in the signals sent between the brain and the arms, hands, legs or feet. Some of these injuries result in the temporary loss of motor function while others can permanently affect mobility.

  • Injuries that affect cognitive function. Some injuries to the upper spine may be accompanied by traumatic brain injuries. These injuries can cause complications due to the development of neurological disorders or damage to areas of the brain responsible for regulating memory, concentration, communication and motor function.
The Cost of Treating Back Injuries

While some injuries to the back and spine can be treated with a combination of steroidal medications and physical therapy, serious injuries often require expensive and risky surgical procedures to truly resolve. In some cases, victims may need to endure multiple procedures, with painful recovery periods in between.

The toll on those who suffer from paralysis is even greater. Not only do they need to concede to a life without mobility, but their families often must take on the burden of their care. This care can be extremely expensive— the lifetime cost of caring for a paralyzed family member can reach over $4.5 million in the worst cases. The exorbitant cost of care is exacerbated by the fact that the victim may never be able to obtain employment again.

Rear-end collisions and lane departure accidents are the leading causes of back injuries and cars are involved in almost 70% of all vehicle accidents where one of the people involved suffers an injury to the spine. Since some of these injuries worsen over time and present few initial symptoms, our Chicago car accident lawyers always advise that you undergo a medical examination following a car accident.

We are Happy to Help with Your Car Accident Claim

If you have endured a back injury in a car accident, we understand the physical and emotional turmoil you may be experiencing. We also know that you may have a long list of questions about your rights and the legal process you need to follow in order to recover the compensation you rightfully deserve for your injuries. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has helped thousands of clients in your position and would like to invite you to have your case evaluated free of charge.

Our award winning Chicago car accident attorneys can let you know more about your legal options and all of the ways we are able to ensure you have the best possible chance of securing the maximum amount of compensation allowed under law. Contact us today to arrange your free consultation so that we can collect all of the information we need to investigate the details of your claim.

Here is some more general information regarding back injuries and car accidents:

VEHICLES INVOLVED:
  • Car
  • Truck/Trailer
  • Motorcycle
  • Pedestrian
  • Bike
  • 68%
  • 22%
  • 2%
  • 6%
  • 2%

ACCIDENTS TYPES:
  • 18%
  • 73%
  • 6%
  • 1%
  • 2%

STATE RECOVERY (5 MOST COMMON STATES): California
Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
27%
39%
7%
7%
10%
3%
3%
2%
2%

Florida
Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
34%
30%
10%
6%
12%
4%
1%
2%
1%

Missouri
Amount Recovered $0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
24%
62%
5%
2%
3%
1%
1%
1%
1%

New York
Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
34%
13%
10%
8%
12%
6%
10%
5%
2%

Washington
Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
13%
68%
5%
7%
4%
2%
1%
0%
0%

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