Car Accident Broken Bone Statistics

Broken Bone Car Accident It isn’t surprising at all that car accidents often result in broken bones when considering how violent a collision can be— even at lower speeds. Rapid deceleration, sudden changes in direction, blunt force trauma and forward momentum can cause the body to endure extreme forces during a crash and our bones are not always strong enough to handle the pressures exerted on them. In addition to being painful injuries, fractures can be expensive due to the cost of medical treatments and the wages lost from being unable to return to work. The Chicago car accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help ease the financial burden of your recovery by making sure you are able to afford the cost of your recovery.

Cars Most Commonly Involved in Fractures Compared with Other Vehicle Classes

Almost two thirds of the fractures reported due to traffic related injuries involve cars, with trucks being responsible for one fifth of the total. Lane departure accidents are most likely to result in broken bones, with 71% of the reported fractures resulting from this form of accident, 20% resulting from rear end collisions and 7% from head on collisions. The number of cars on the road compared to other vehicle types may influence these numbers, but factors such as seatbelt use and the malfunction of advanced safety features also contribute.

A broken bone can result from a crash at any speed, with many injuries occurring in rear end crashes or collisions occurring at speeds under 20 mph. Even when traveling at low speeds, the body is moving forward at the time the vehicle comes to a sudden stop or when the vehicle struck and sent into another direction. The most common mechanisms that contribute to fractures include the following.

  • The whiplash effect. When the body is jerked forward and then back, it places incredible stress on the bones. The bones comprising the back and spine are most likely to be impacted, which may result in herniated or ruptured discs or broken vertebrae. The worst case scenario in the event of a broken back is a severed spine, which renders the victim paralyzed.

  • Collision with objects within the vehicle. When occupants are not wearing seatbelts, they may be thrown into the dashboard, windshield, steering wheel or the seat in front of them with enough force to break bone.

  • Malfunctioning safety equipment. Airbags generally reduce the chance of fatal car crashes by keeping occupants in a safe position through the course of the collision. They may deploy at excessive speeds, underinflate or fail to deploy at all, however. This may contribute to fractures or be the primary cause, depending on the particular malfunction. Other safety technologies can contribute to fractures as well, such as seatbelt pretensioners failing to hold the seatbelt in place.

  • Being thrown from the vehicle. In high speed collisions, head on collisions and rollover events, it is possible for occupants who are not properly secured to be thrown through the windshield or to be ejected from the rear windows while the car is experiencing rapid deceleration or rolling over.

  • Crush injuries. Most commonly resulting from an accident between a truck and a car, these injuries fracture bones when they are crushed beneath the weight of the car, crumpling down upon the victim beneath the truck.
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If you have suffered from one or more fractures in a car accident, we understand the frustration, fear, stress and confusion you may be experiencing. The victims of accidents that occur due to other drivers’ negligence should not be forced to bear a financial burden in addition to the physical suffering they have endured. Our Chicago car accident lawyers can allow you to focus on your physical recovery by representing your legal and financial interests.

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Here is some more general information regarding broken bones related to car accidents.

VEHICLES INVOLVED:
  • Car
  • Truck/Trailer
  • Motorcycle
  • Pedestrian
  • Bike
  • 64%
  • 20%
  • 5%
  • 9%
  • 2%

ACCIDENTS TYPES:
  • Rear-End
  • Lane Departure
  • Head-On
  • Rollover
  • Sideswipe
  • 20%
  • 71%
  • 7%
  • 1%
  • 1%

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
31%
24%
7%
9%
7%
5%
7%
5%
5%

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
19%
20%
9%
9%
17%
11%
55
5%
4%

Connecticut
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
33%
26%
0%
4%
22%
4%
0%
11%
0%

North Carolina
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
10%
20%
10%
30%
20%
0%
10%
0%
0%

Texas
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
44%
24%
3%
7%
6%
3%
4%
3%
6%

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