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Driving is a part of daily life for Montana residents, and most can avoid being in a car accident. However, not all motorists in the state are fortunate enough to avoid a car crash indefinitely and may one day need to file an injury claim.
According to the Montana Department of Transportation, 1,000 people suffered serious injuries in traffic accidents in 2015. Below we will discuss a few catastrophic injuries common for victims of car crashes.
A back injury can be debilitating for the sufferer and lead to a lifetime of back pain. A person who injures their back may find it difficult to walk, work or engage in activities they once enjoyed. Back injuries such as herniated disks, transverse process fractures, dislocation fractures or axial bursts are typical for crash survivors.
A neck injury can be minor or damaging, depending on the point of impact, the force of a crash, and whether a person was wearing a seatbelt when the collision occurred. Whiplash is commonplace in traffic accidents.
Traffic accidents cause a large fraction of spinal injuries in the U.S. the CDC reports. Spinal injuries sometimes result in partial or complete paralysis.
One of the leading causes of spinal injuries in the U.S. is the Centers for Disease Control reports. Victims of spinal injuries can become tetraplegic-unable to control arms or legs- or paraplegic- unable to move legs- and will face exorbitant medical costs. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons says that a spinal injury that occurs closer to the brain has a greater chance of causing permanent damage.
Other accident injuries include:
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