Drunk driving causes an unacceptable number of injuries and deaths in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, intoxicated motorists kill at least 28 people every day. That’s one fatality every 53 minutes.
Victims who are lucky enough to survive often face permanent medical disabilities. Although a drunk driving crash can cause almost any injury, five of the most common wounds include:
- Brain injuries;
- Chest injuries;
- Neck injuries;
- Knee and leg injuries;
- And spinal injuries.
If you were injured by a drunk or drugged driver in Nevada, contact the Truman Law Firm P.C. Ronald W. Truman is a personal-injury lawyer in Las Vegas who will give your case the individual attention that it deserves.
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Here is a brief overview of five common injuries in drunk driving accidents:
- Brain Injuries
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, common causes of traumatic brain injury include blunt force trauma to the head, jolts of the neck, and projectiles – all of which are hazards in drunk driving crashes. In the United States, one-third of all brain injuries happen in car accidents. Unfortunately, TBIs often cause life-changing mental disabilities.
- Chest Injuries
High-speed crashes can break ribs, sternums and more. This is particularly true if you are not wearing your seatbelt and your chest impacts the steering wheel or dashboard. Broken bones can be fatal if they puncture vital organs.
- Neck Injuries
Whiplash is the most common neck injury in car wrecks. It happens when muscles and ligaments stretch too far between the neck and skull. Most cases of whiplash heal without long-term complications, but other neck injuries are more serious. Crushed tracheas, damaged larynxes and broken necks can cause lifelong disabilities.
- Knee and Leg Injuries
Leg and knee injuries are common in side-impact crashes. A broken bone, shattered knee or ligament damage can cause long-term complications.
- Spinal Injuries
A severe injury to the spinal cord can be particularly devastating. A ruptured, slipped or broken disc can cause chronic pain and nerve damage. Even injuring the back muscles alone will cause severe discomfort and movement problems. If a vertebrae breaks, the victim may suffer permanent paralysis.
If you were injured by a drunk driver in Nevada, contact the Truman Law Firm P.C. Ronald W. Truman is a Las Vegas accident attorney who will structure your claim and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf. He has been practicing law for more than 25 years, and he has the highest legal rating offered by Martindale-Hubbell: an AV Preeminent rating (5.0 out of 5.0). Call 702-821-1821 to schedule a free initial consultation.