Being involved in a car, truck, bus or motorcycle accident is one of the most frightening things a driver or passenger can experience. Even discounting the initial uncertainty, anxiety, and fear the victim of an accident is likely to experience, a vehicular accident can result in short-term and long-term consequences. Short-term consequences include having to seek treatment for your severe injuries, taking time off from work, and dealing with the other immediate consequences of your accident. Short-term consequences can develop into long terms problems when the need for medical treatment stretches on and the accident victim in unable to return to work for months or years.
No person wants to find themselves in a situation like this, and many may wonder, “What now?” That is, they may worry about how they will pay their bills, feed their family, and if they will ever be able to return to doing the things they loved. While we cannot predict your medical recovery, Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law is proud to have fought for people injured due to recklessness or negligence for more than 20 years. Ken Kieklak serves Benton County, Bentonville, and all of northwest Arkansas.
Why Do Car Accidents Occur in Northwest Arkansas?
The reasons that contribute to causing a car accident are as numerous as they are unique to each collision or incident. While some accidents are the product of a single factor, most other collisions and incidents occur when multiple factors come together and make a roadway incident unavoidable. Factors commonly identified in car accidents include:
- Driver’s use of alcohol or other intoxicating drugs – The use of alcohol and drugs can impair a driver’s decision making, slow reaction times, and cause a whole host of other issues. Aside from being dangerous, driving while past the legal limit is illegal.
- Violation of traffic laws – Motorists expect other drivers to follow the rules of the road and may anticipate actions in accord with this assumption. When drivers break traffic laws, drive recklessly, or otherwise behave in unexpected manners the risk of an accident increases.
- Distracted drivers – While distractions – like arguing children in the back seat – have always been something a driver must contend with, the proliferation of electronic devices has made this concern particularly pressing. A distracted driver may not realize a threat as quickly as an attentive driver, or at all.
- Vehicle defect – A vehicle defect that causes unintended and unexpected operation can greatly increase the odds of a car accident. Defects like GM’s ignition switches that can turn a vehicle off and Toyota’s unintended acceleration defect can all lead to a loss of control and an accident.
In short, there are many factors that contribute to causing car accident, but every accident should be assessed independently to determine the exact and specific causes.
What Injuries are Commonly Produced By Car Accidents?
As we have stated, the causes behind each and every vehicular collision is unique. Likewise, the injuries produced by the accident are equally as unique. The injuries produced by an accident are a product of the intensity and type of collision suffered. Common injuries regularly reported in car and vehicular accidents includes:
- Whiplash – Whiplash injuries are one of the most common injury types sustained in a car or truck accident. Whiplash injuries are caused by the shearing of muscle and nerve tissue in the neck and skull due to the rapidly changing and uneven violent forces involved in a car accident. Problems from whiplash injuries can range from mild to extremely limiting.
- Traumatic brain injuries – A TBI is a particularly concerning type of injury because damage to the brain can impact the functioning of the body’s essential processes and system. Furthermore, brain injuries can impair an individual’s cognitive functioning and cause other limitations.
- Bone fractures – A fractured or broken bone is a serious and severe injury. However complex or compound fractures are even more serious than a simple break. More severe bone injuries can take years to heal or they may cause permanent limitations.
Depending on the cause and type of accident, many other types and combinations of injuries are possible.
Put Benton County Car Accident Lawyer Ken Kieklak’s Experience to Work for You
If you have been involved in a serious car, truck, van or SUV accident, first, seek appropriate medical attention. Once you have been checked out and a medical professional has determined that your condition is stable, contact personal injury lawyer Ken Kieklak. For more than 20 years, Ken has fought for injured people seriously injured by the negligence or recklessness of another. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, call (479) 316-0438 or contact the firm online.