Stephen Hasner | Car Accidents | February 3, 2023
Every year, more than 7,000 people die in rollover car crashes. These accidents are especially violent and can cause devastating injuries. So what exactly happens to your body during a rollover accident, and what sorts of injuries are likely to happen?
Rollover accidents can cause a variety of different wounds, from spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries to broken bones, scrapes, and burns. Read on to learn more about the injuries that can result from these accidents.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are one of the most common results of a rollover accident. When your car flips, your body is crushed and pulled in ways it was never meant to be. Even if you’re wearing a seatbelt, the forces of the rollover and the resulting impact can put enormous pressure on your spinal cord.
Many rollover accident victims experience whiplash, a neck injury that happens when your head whips forcefully back and forth.
If the force is violent enough, you could even wind up with a severed spinal cord that could cause paralysis. You could also herniate or rupture a dis or even wind up with fractured vertebrae.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are another common trauma that results from rollover accidents.
Most of us associate concussions with hitting your head, but did you know you can get a concussion without your head ever making contact with anything? You just have to get slung around hard enough that your brain makes contact with the inside of your skull.
During the violence of a rollover accident, your brain can collide with the inside of your skull, causing a concussion. If you’ve had concussions before, you could be at risk of developing CTE, a dangerous degenerative brain condition.
It’s always a good idea to get checked out by a doctor after a car accident to make sure you don’t have a concussion.
As terrifying as flying through the air during a rollover may be, the impact can cause incredible devastation. The frame of your car may get crushed, as can the roof or the side panels. Your body may get slung into the metal frame, the steering wheel, the dashboard, or other hard surfaces in your car.
These impacts can cause broken bones, among other injuries.
Broken arms, legs, and ribs are most common fractures after a rollover accident. But if your head collides with the steering wheel, dashboard, or roof, you may wind up with facial fractures or even a cracked skull.
Scrapes and Burns
Even if you avoid spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and broken bones, you’re likely going to walk away with scrapes and burns. This is especially likely if you don’t wear a seatbelt. A rollover accident may throw you out of the car, where you can get road rash, as well as serious scrapes and scratches.
Once the car lands, it may also catch on fire. If this happens, you could wind up with serious burns.
And even if you do manage to stay in the car, you could get scraped or cut, especially if the windows or windshields shatter.
Get Compensation for Your Injuries
Rollover accidents are terrifying, and you can come away from them with some serious injuries. Spinal cords and traumatic brain injuries are two of the most common consequences, as are broken bones. You may also come away with some scrapes and burns, especially if you don’t wear a seatbelt during the accident.
If you’ve been hurt in a rollover accident, you could be entitled to compensation. Our lawyers will help you take on the insurance companies and get the money you deserve. Schedule a free consultation with us today to discuss the details of your case and let us put our eighty-plus years of experience to work for you.
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