Broken Bones Sustained in Car Collisions
Unfortunately, broken bones and fractures are common injuries sustained in auto collisions. The severity of broken bones and fractures will depend on the nature of the injury and the circumstances of the crash itself. It is imperative you receive a medical examination quickly following an accident. Failure to seek medical attention could result in the worsening condition of your broken bone or fracture.
Is There a Difference Between a Fracture and a Broken Bone?
While fractures and broken bones may seem different in terms of pain and overall injury, a fracture is defined as a break in the structure of a bone, the same as a broken bone.
Types of Broken and Fractured Bones
No two car collisions are the same. However, there are several types of bone breaks and fractures that we often see in our clients. These include:
- Spinal vertebrae of the back or neck: these typically occur during rear-end or head-on collisions and can be the most serious of injuries;
- Clavicle: this is the most fragile bone in the human body and is often fractured in various auto collision situations;
- Pelvic bone: the pelvic bone is more likely to break in a motorcycle accident, but is also among the most commonly broken bones in auto collisions;
- Fibula (lower leg) and Femur (upper leg): broken legs are common in auto collisions;
- Skull: cranial fractures are treated quickly because there can often cause damage to the brain as well. Cranial injuries are commonly sustained when a victim hits their head on an object such as a window or the steering wheel;
- Facial bones/structure: an airbag can easily damage facial bones due to its force. The nose, jaw, cheekbones, or orbital bones are susceptible to fractures;
- Sternum and ribs: known for protecting your internal organs, these bones are frequently broken in crashes.
Causes of Broken Bones During an Auto Collision
Several factors in an accident can contribute to broken bones and fractures. While force is the most common cause, other elements that frequently lead to broken bones include:
- Being ejected from a vehicle;
- Striking pavement upon ejection;
- Being crushed by another vehicle or object;
- Being struck by an airbag or other items in the vehicle.
What to Do Following an Accident
If you have a personal injury case stemming from an auto collision that has resulted in a broken bone or fracture, you may be entitled to a settlement. The settlement you are eligible to receive will depend on the unique circumstances and details of your case. Several common factors typically are present in most broken bone personal injury settlements.
Medical evidence is imperative to receiving a settlement for your bone break or fracture. When someone suffers a broken or fractured bone, X-rays should be performed and documented as supporting evidence to your claim. With medical evidence, it is difficult for the person responsible for the crash to dispute a break or fracture.
Working with a personal injury attorney is important to receiving the best possible outcome in your case. Our legal team can provide you with the proper steps to take, what to expect, and allow you to focus on recovering from your injuries.
If you or a loved one have suffered broken bones or fractures as a result of an auto accident or crash, contact the experienced auto accident attorneys at Clawson & Clawson, LLP. Our legal team has years of experience handling auto collision cases and will work diligently to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a no-obligation case evaluation.