Getting tossed upside down in a rollover accident is a terrifying experience, and it is very easy for occupants to suffer injuries. Our Virginia Beach auto accident lawyer has helped many clients obtain compensation following car wrecks which are not their fault. We look at seven of the more serious rollover injuries a person can suffer when their vehicle flips.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
A person can suffer brain damage when they strike their head on something, such as the dashboard or another passenger. However, TBIs are also common when the head is shaken in a violent manner. The violent motion disrupts the normal functioning of parts of the brain, and many people will suffer from memory impairments, mood swings, and pain.
Getting thrown upside down can easily lead to a TBI. Watch for common symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness, and neck stiffness. There is no easy cure for TBIs, unfortunately, so many people will be out of commission for months.
A person can suffer injury to either the soft tissue in the neck like the muscle or tendons or to the cervical bones. Intense pain is a sign that something is wrong. Nevertheless, neck injuries might take a day or two to fully manifest, especially when soft tissue has been stretched or strained.
Depending on the injury, you might need surgery to correct slipped discs or cracked bones. Any fracture can put pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves that branch off from it, leading to intense pain and sometimes paralysis. Even soft-tissue injuries in the neck might require immobilizing a person for months.
A person suffers a crush injury when a heavy weight comes to rest on a person’s limb. In a rollover, the vehicle itself could collapse on you, leading to crush injuries in the arms or legs. These injuries are very dangerous, because the body releases toxins as skeletal muscle breaks down.
A person can suffer cuts to their hands, face, or neck in a rollover accident. Windows often shatter, which send shards flying. The seatbelt might also cut into an occupant’s chest during the rollover. Lacerations often heal on their own but can leave unsightly scars.
If you are thrown from the vehicle, you might suffer “road rash” as you skid along the asphalt. This is a serious injury that often requires skin grafts and antibiotics to treat. Abrasions are at risk of becoming infected, with tragic results if you do not receive the right antibiotics.
Rib Fracture or Bruising
Wearing a seat belt can save your life in a rollover, preventing you from being tossed from the vehicle. However, the seatbelt can also bruise and sometimes fracture a person’s ribs. Rib injuries are very painful because the chest expands as a person breathes. Rib fractures and bruises require rest to fully heal. Many people, especially the elderly, can develop pneumonia and possibly die from a rib fracture.
Rollovers cause many deaths, especially when a motorist is not buckled up. A passenger could land on their neck and break it or be tossed from the car and be fatally wounded that way. Although only a small percentage of car accidents are rollovers, an outsized percentage of car accident deaths stem from this type of accident. Wearing a seatbelt is the best way to prevent death.
Our Car Accident Lawyers are Standing By
Barney Injury Law is a leading law firm helping motorists injured in rollover accidents. If you were hurt, or if you lost a loved one in this type of wreck, please contact us today. We can sue the at-fault motorist for your economic and non-economic losses. Our firm has helped motorists in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Norfolk, VA.