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Many car accident victims in the Chicago area suffer extensive injury from broken glass. Broken glass can significantly threaten passengers and innocent bystanders who are not in the vehicle when an accident occurs.

The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC represent victims with auto windshield glass injuries from Chicago car accidents. Talk to our car accident lawyers without cost or obligation to learn how to help you recover compensation for your injuries without any out-of-pocket expenses.

Call our car accident law office at (888) 424-5757 today for additional information concerning broken glass injuries caused in a horrific car accident. Schedule a free consultation with our legal team to discuss how you can receive financial compensation for your glass injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and economic & non-economic damages.



A Typical Broken Glass Injury

A broken glass injury is usually the result of the forces generated by a car crash. Two vehicles colliding at slow speeds can create a catastrophic problem involving the glass. Even though automotive manufacturers’ new car designs include windshields equipped not to shatter, the invention is not always practical during high-velocity crashes.

Also, rear and side windows are not crafted with the same material as the windshield and typically cannot withstand high-impact forces. Broken glass shards from the back and side windows can fly in nearly every direction during the crash’s impact. An injured victim is generally defenseless and vulnerable when sitting inside a crashed vehicle.

Some injuries include deep-level lacerations, skin cuts, shock, severed limbs, and fatality caused by excessive bleeding. Each one includes:

Facial Injuries

Less severe injuries caused by shattered glass are often referred to as soft tissue injuries. Surface cuts happen when the skin is torn or cut without penetrating the deeper body tissue, which requires minimal treatment.

However, serious facial injuries caused by flying objects typically require plastic surgery to treat facial injuries and minimize permanent scar and facial deformities.


It is highly common for people to experience emotional distress after car accidents. It is especially true when victims become of visible injuries, such as a badly burned body part or significant bleeding. Automobile crash victims [1] experiencing shock can quickly die if they don’t receive adequate and prompt medical treatment.

Fractures and Broken Bones

Auto accident victims suffering from serious injuries from an exploding airbag, cracked windshield, broken side and rear windows, rollover, or collision can have years of pain and suffering from life-threatening conditions, including:

  • Broken jaw
  • Broken nose
  • Nasal bone fracture
  • Facial fractures

In addition, facial injuries that damage facial bones may result in permanent deformities that have a lasting impact on the victim’s appearance. Those usually need plastic surgeons to minimize scarring.

Nerve Damage

A collision at high speeds can send glass flying when vehicles collide, leaving victims with disfiguring facial injuries, severed arteries, and damage to underlying tissue. The damage can cause extreme pain and suffering over the entire body.

Nerve damage may never heal properly and cause facial scarring and permanent deformities.


Victims often bleed profusely when flying objects and pieces cut arteries in the leg or neck. Death by bleeding can happen in moments if medical attention arrives too late after the accident happened.

After Healing From Facial Injuries Left From Broken Glass: Permanent Scarring & Pain

Survivors of accidents who suffer facial injuries often endure distress long after the event due to face injury scarring or disfigurement.

After completing the healing process, many victims of car accidents facial injuries deal with other health problems. Broken glass can easily deform or scar the body leaving noticeable reminders that the motor vehicle accident left facial burns, eye injuries, and fractures. When scar tissue from a facial injury cannot heal correctly, the injured party can suffer lifelong debilitating pain.

Plastic surgeons can usually do a great job in helping people with facial fractures and facial injuries to minimize scars and pain levels.

People who suffer facial injuries due to a car accident deserve to be compensated for the harm done to them, including medical expenses due to their face injuries and emotional suffering.

Broken Glass Car Accidents FAQs

Our car accident attorneys understand that many families have unanswered questions about resolving compensation when involved in a serious accident and left with disfiguring facial injuries, such as deep cuts, severe burns, eye injuries, or soft tissue injuries. We have answered some of those questions below.

Contact us today at (888) 424-5757 for additional information and schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options.

Can Broken Windshield Glass Cut You?

Windshield manufacturers use a laminated process installing a vinyl inner layer between two nearly identically shaped windshields to hold the glass together upon impact. However, under specific circumstances, bits of tempered glass can easily dislodge from the windshield by “spalling” away from the glued vinyl inner layer.

The dislodged glass bits could cause severe facial injuries during a horrific car crash, leaving lasting broken glass injuries.

These types of broken glass facial injuries require immediate medical attention to avoid life-threatening infection if the wound is not allowed to heal correctly.

Why Does Temper Glass Break So Easily?

Many different factors could cause a temper glass windshield to break spontaneously. Car manufacturers temper windshield glass using controlled heating and cooling during manufacturing to avoid shattering into large shards that could cause deadly broken glass injuries.

Tempering causes shattering instead of breaking into shards that could be significantly more dangerous to drivers and passengers involved in an accident. Tempered glass must be used on automobiles, large glass pane doors, shower doors, and other areas where humans could accidentally hit, kick, or crash into the glass.

Windshields are designed somewhat differently than the rear and side windows, which can create dangerous conditions during car accidents and increase the risk of facial injury.

What Causes Car Glass to Shatter by Itself?

Typically, any minor damage to the windshield that chips or nicks the glass could later increase in size and radiate to other areas of the windshield. A negligible impact on the windshield glass could stress the binding attached to the vehicle’s windshield frame because the glass shatters unexpectedly.

Time can also cause the glass to shatter if the windshield has any defect caused by a rock, chip, or during installation. Any thermal change, intense heat, or high winds might cause internal fluctuations inside the glass that cause it to shatter unexpectedly.

What Kind of Glass Are Windshields Made From?

Glass manufacturers generally craft windshields using laminated safety (tempered) glass by adhering to two nearly identically shaped glass sheets with a vinyl inner layer. The tempering process causes the glass to shatter instead of breaking into hazardous shards that could cause deep penetrating broken glass injuries during the impact of a car or truck accident.

All safety precautions must be taken to avoid the different types of broken glass injuries that could lead to puncture wounds, facial injury, and the risk of infection.

What Happens If You hit Your Head in a Car Accident?

Failing to wear a seat belt while driving or riding in a car involved in an accident could lead to facial injuries, traumatic brain injuries, concussions, and closed-head injuries. Many mild and severe concussions result from the victim’s head hitting the windshield or airbag when it explodes upon impact.

Any broken glass injury could lead to head trauma in a vehicle accident resulting in short-term unconsciousness or long-term coma. Hitting your head on the dashboard, steering wheel, or windshield can cause the skull to shake backward and forward upon impact.

How Can I Tell If a Head Injury Is Mild or Severe?

Victims who hit their head or neck on the dashboard, steering wheel, or windshield might develop headaches, confusion, or dizziness (lightheadedness). Other mild to moderate head injury symptoms might involve a bruise or swollen raised area.

Chicago Windshield Car Accident Victims Injury Lawyer

Car collision victims suffering facial injuries caused by others’ negligent actions can file a car accident claim or lawsuit against the responsible parties. Individuals and entities that could be at fault include auto manufacturers due to defective designs or other drivers that caused the collision.

Experienced car accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC help victims and loved ones obtain financial compensation to cover ongoing medical care for facial injuries and other collateral financial damages, including lost income, lost potential future earnings, pain, and suffering.

We accept every car accident case on a contingency fee agreement, meaning no fees are paid until your case is resolved through a negotiated settlement or jury award.

Contact our broken glass injury attorneys today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to schedule a free case evaluation to discuss a personal injury claim after a face injury due to broken auto glass. All discussions with our law firm remain confidential through an attorney-client relationship.

Resources: [1] BMJ Journals

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