Car Accident Facial Injury Statistics

Car Accident Face Injury Facial injuries from car accidents are extremely common and all of the occupants inside of a vehicle are at risk of suffering some form of trauma to the head or face. The impact of these injuries often remains long after the cuts and bruises heal or the broken bones mend and victims have been known to suffer physical and emotional pain due to complications brought about by their injuries. Since it can be difficult to place a value on the cost of medical care victims will require in the future as well as for their pain and suffering, the Chicago car accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are committed to seeking the maximum amount of compensation allowed on behalf of accident victims.

How the Physics of a Car Accident Increases the Chance of Facial Injuries

While each occupant in a vehicle faces different risks in the event of an accident, all of them are susceptible to facial trauma or lacerations due to contact with debris, glass, foreign objects and interior parts of the vehicle. Many of the safety technologies installed in vehicles are meant to reduce the risk of fatality by keeping passengers contained inside of the vehicle, but these technologies are not as effective in reducing the chances of trauma to the head or face. The physical forces at play during accidents can make it impossible to ever provide adequate protection to the head.

During rapid deceleration, forward momentum causes the body to continue moving forward, even though the vehicle is coming to a sudden halt. This may cause the driver or front passenger to collide with the steering wheel, dashboard or windshield in the absence of a seatbelt or airbag. Those who believe that airbags offer sufficient facial protection are alarmed when they learn that airbags can also cause injuries to the face and head when they inflate too rapidly, not rapidly enough, or when they fail to deploy properly.

Rear seat passengers may suffer facial injuries when colliding with the seat in front of them, or when coming in contact with glass, debris or other foreign matter that enters the vehicle during the crash. Those who are not wearing seatbelts are at an even greater risk of suffering these types of injuries.

Ramification of Injuries May Endure for a Lifetime

There are many forms of facial injuries that may result from a car accident, which can include broken bones in the face or head, lacerations, burns, blunt trauma and injuries to the eyes. While many of these injuries are treatable, some have long lasting effects; even when the victim has recovered. Lacerations and burns can leave unsightly scars, injuries to the eyes can permanently reduce or impair sight and some injuries to the head can result in a lifetime of painful migraines, loss of cognitive function or neurological conditions.

In addition to the physical pain and suffering victims face, many also experience emotional trauma— especially when presented with a visual reminder of the events they lived through every time they look into a mirror. Those with scars may be ridiculed by their peers, especially if the victims are children. Being mocked and ostracized can have a markedly negative impact on self-esteem and impact the development of social skills.

Traffic accident data suggests that cars are involved in almost two thirds of accidents resulting in facial injuries and lane departure accidents place people at the greatest risk. Rear-end collisions and head-on collisions are also commonly associated with facial injuries.

Determining the Value of Your Car Accident Case

There are many factors that need to be considered when determining an appropriate amount of compensation to seek in a car accident lawsuit. The most obvious is the value of the medical bills already incurred, but additional damages may be awarded for out of pocket expenses, the value of lost wages, emotional or physical suffering and the approximate value of future medical procedures.

Our Chicago car accident lawyers understand that you have more important things to worry about than legal disputes following an accident, but you also need to ensure that you will be able to afford the cost of your medical care and rehabilitation. This is why we would like to invite you to arrange a free case review so that you can learn more about your rights and all of the ways we can help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is a leading personal injury law firm with offices throughout Illinois. We will be happy to travel to you in order to discuss the details of your case or to meet you at one of our conveniently located offices. Contact us today to speak with one of our award winning Chicago car accident attorneys so that we can collect the information we need to evaluate your claim and review your legal options. Should we be unable to secure damages on your behalf, our services will be free of charge.

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

VEHICLES INVOLVED:
  • Car
  • Truck/Trailer
  • Motorcycle
  • Pedestrian
  • Bike
  • 61%
  • 25%
  • 2%
  • 11%
  • 1%

ACCIDENTS TYPES:
  • Rear-End
  • Lane Departure
  • Head-On
  • Rollover
  • Sideswipe
  • 15%
  • 73%
  • 10%
  • 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%
27%
4%
7%
10%
5%
7%
7%
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
23%
24%
14%
5%
10%
7%
7%
6%
4%

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
32%
50%
5%
4%
3%
2%
2%
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
31%
16%
12%
8%
9%
6%
9%
3%
6%

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
21%
49%
6%
8%
8%
2%
3%
3%
0

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