Common Injuries in Car Accidents

Motor Vehicle Collision Attorneys Serving the Fort Myers Area

Car accidents often result in significant and long-term injuries. If you or a loved one has been hit by a careless driver, it is important to seek compensation for the full extent of the harm that you have suffered. You can reach out to a Fort Myers car accident lawyer at Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano who can help you assess your legal options. We have helped many victims across South Florida bring claims against drivers and other parties who have harmed them.

Common Injuries in Car Accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle crashes are among the 10 leading causes of death in the U.S. Even if an accident is not fatal, a victim’s life may be permanently altered by the injuries that result. These will typically fall into one of two categories: impact injuries and penetrating injuries. Impact injuries are caused when part of the victim’s body hits some part of the interior of the car, such as when a person’s head strikes the steering wheel. Penetrating injuries are typically lacerations, such as when shattering glass pierces the skin. Common car accident injuries include:

  • Whiplash
  • Brain trauma and concussions
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Knee injuries

Car accidents may take place for a variety of reasons, including distracted driving, fatigue, intoxication behind the wheel, and speeding. Most crashes are preventable and could have been avoided if one or more drivers had been more careful behind the wheel.

If your car accident and the related injuries resulted from the carelessness or recklessness of someone else, you may be able to recover damages by filing a negligence claim against the at-fault party. This may be appropriate when an individual or entity fails to exercise the degree of care that would be reasonable to expect in a given situation. The plaintiff would need to show that the defendant had a duty to exercise a certain degree of care, the defendant breached this duty, the defendant’s breach was a direct cause of the plaintiff’s harm, and quantifiable damages resulted.

If a plaintiff successfully establishes a negligence claim, he or she typically will be able to recover compensation from the defendant, such as medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost income and benefits, pain and suffering, property damage, and any other costs or losses arising from the accident. Compensation often may be obtained through settlement negotiations, although some cases go to trial. It is important to enlist a car accident attorney who has experience in every phase of the process, from the initial investigation through any litigation that proves necessary.

Seek Representation from a Fort Myers Lawyer After a Car Accident

Being involved in a car accident is a traumatic event under any circumstances. The idea of taking legal action after an accident can be even more daunting. At Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano, our Fort Myers car accident attorneys will try to make the legal process as seamless as possible for you. You can trust that we have the experience and knowledge to help you assert your right to the compensation that you may be entitled to receive under the law. We also represent injured individuals in Naples, Port Charlotte, Lehigh Acres, and Sarasota, among other cities in Southwest Florida. Call us toll-free at (800) 283-7442 or contact us through our online form for a free consultation.