New Jersey residents who are involved in a car crash may experience a variety of physical and mental injuries. For example, post-traumatic stress disorder is a common form of mental health issue that may make it difficult for a person to get into a car or drive after an accident. Among the most common physical injuries after a car accident is whiplash.
Those who suffer from whiplash may experience neck or back stiffness. Bruising, lacerations or broken bones may also occur in a minor or severe accident. Injuries to the head such as a concussion are not uncommon after a vehicle wreck. The extent to which a person is hurt may depend on the circumstances surrounding the accident. For instance, if a collision occurs on the driver's side of the car, that person is more likely to be injured compared to those on the other side of the vehicle.
The speed at which a wreck takes place may also determine how severely a person is hurt. Generally, those who are struck by a car going at 15 miles per hour will be in better physical condition than those struck by a car going 40 miles per hour. The odds of a person experiencing brain injuries or death are higher when a collision occurs at a higher rate of speed.
It is possible for an individual to be severely injured in a car accident. If negligence plays a role in motor vehicle accidents causing bodily injury, the victim might be compensated in a variety of ways. An attorney may be able to review a case to determine how to help an injured victim win compensation for medical bills, lost wages and lost future earnings.