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As you drive the roads, highways and freeways of Texas, you and your passengers always face the risk of becoming involved in a car crash, especially one caused by another driver who distracts himself or herself while behind the wheel.

FindLaw reports that unfortunately, more than 5.6 million car crashes occur every year nationwide, with over 30,000 of them resulting in one or more deaths and over 1.6 million of them resulting in serious injury to the victims. The most common include the following:

  • Head injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Chest injuries

Head and back injuries

Your head and neck are two of the most important areas of your body. Injuring your head in a car crash can cause you to sustain a traumatic brain injury that could leave you with a lifetime of cognitive, speech and emotional problems. Injuring your back can cause you to sustain a spinal cord injury that could leave you with reduced movement and sensation in your legs, feet, arms, hands and parts of your torso. In a worst case scenario, it could leave you permanently and totally paralyzed.

Neck and chest injuries

Whiplash undoubtedly represents the most common form of car accident neck injury. A whiplash injury can cause you to sustain serious muscle, nerve and ligament damage to your neck, resulting in severe pain in your neck, shoulders, arms and back. The swelling that a whiplash injury produces can also temporarily paralyze your vocal cords. As for your chest, car crashes are notorious for causing such life-threatening conditions as collapsed lungs, broken ribs, traumatic cardiac arrest, internal bleeding, and internal organ damage.

This is general educational information and not intended to provide legal advice.