Car accidents wreak havoc on the lives of thousands of people every year. While property damage is common, most people are focused on the serious injuries that occur as a result of the accidents. In 2012, over 5.6 million car accidents were reported nationwide. A total of over 30,000 of these accidents were fatal, while 1.6 million of them involved a variety of injuries.
The most serious car accident injuries typically involve the victim's head or back. Spinal cord injuries can result in significant nerve damage. This leaves accident victims with limited control over their appendages and can result in paralysis. Herniated disk injuries are less severe than spinal damage, but can cause numbness, muscle weakness and pain in the arms and legs. Head injuries are also fairly common and vary in severity depending on the specifics of the accident. While some victims can walk away from an accident with a mild concussion, some are faced with traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBIs. The treatment for a brain injury can require long-term medical care and rehabilitation. The victim may experience cognitive difficulties, hearing loss, vision problems and other ailments.