A car accident can turn your life upside down for several months. For accident victims
who suffer permanent impairments or disabilities, their lives are never the
same. Any car accident can result in permanent impairments. However, some types
of Erie car accidents are more likely to result in traumatic injuries that can
lead to disabilities and impairments.
Auto Accidents That Result in Catastrophic Injuries
Catastrophic Injuries include any injury that results in a disability. Common examples of
catastrophic injuries include, but are not limited to, traumatic brain
injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, severe burns, and loss of bodily
Types of car accidents that can result in permanent disabilities include:
Head-on collisions can be caused by people driving on the wrong side of the road,
distracted driving, or drunk driving. Whatever the cause, this type of
automobile collision often results in catastrophic or life-threatening
injuries. The speed of the vehicles can have a significant impact on the severity
of the injuries.
Side-impact collisions often occur at intersections and other areas in which one vehicle is
turning across a lane of oncoming traffic. This type of car crash is also
referred to as a T-bone collision. The person sitting on the side of the impact
has very little protection from the impact, which can lead to injuries that
result in permanent impairments.
Pedestrian Accidents and Bicycle Accidents
Pedestrians have no protection in a car crash. The pedestrian’s body receives the full
impact of the collision. In many cases, the pedestrian is thrown through the
air, pinned between the vehicle and another object, or crushed beneath the
vehicle. Bicyclists are in a similar situation, even though they may be wearing
a helmet and other protective gear.
Rollover accidents can cause catastrophic injuries because passengers can be thrown from
the vehicle or tossed around in the vehicle as the vehicle rolls. Also, vehicle
occupants can be crushed as the vehicle rolls over.
Large Truck Accidents
Accidents involving semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, big rigs, dump trucks, garbage trucks, and
other large vehicles often result in traumatic injuries to the occupants of the
other vehicle. A typical passenger vehicle cannot withstand the impact with a
large truck or commercial vehicle. Passenger vehicles are often crushed or
severely damaged, which increases the chance that the occupants of the vehicle may
sustain life-threatening injuries or catastrophic injuries.
How Can an Erie Car Accident Attorney Help?
If you or your family member sustains permanent impairments because of a car crash, you
will likely incur substantial financial damages. In addition to the medical
bills, you will likely incur lost wages, cost of personal care, modifications
to your home, travel expenses, and other out-of-pocket costs related to your
injuries and recovery. A disability also results in future damages, including
ongoing medical care, future loss of income, and ongoing personal care.
A car accident attorney familiar with permanent impairment claims can help you
recover compensation for your present and future damages. Your damages must be
carefully documented. In many cases, experts are required to assist in
evaluating the damages and calculating the value of those damages. An
experienced car accident attorney in Erie has a network of experts and the
resources necessary to handle a complicated car accident claim.
Contact Our Erie Personal Injury Attorney for a Free Case Review
Before you settle your car accident claim, learn about your legal rights and your options
for recovering compensation for your injuries from an experienced, trusted Erie
car accident lawyer.
Request your free legal consultation by contacting The Travis Law Firm at (800) 401-2066.