Car accident victims can experience short term, long term, and even life-long and altering consequences. Car accidents can range from minor “fender benders” to major accidents resulting in severe injuries and even the loss of life.
If you have suffered a serious injury in a car accident, or if a loved one has been killed in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. Compensation typically attempts to make you whole by awarding money for damages. Arkansas attorney Ken Kieklak can work to obtain compensation for your pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of services, damage to property and other losses.
Common Car Accident Injuries In Fort Smith
Car accidents are by their nature very traumatic events. That is because when two cars collide there are thousands of pounds of metal, glass, and plastic colliding with another object or objects that also weigh thousands of pounds and are made of metal, glass, plastic, and possibly other materials. When thousands of pounds of force come together it typically results in injuries. According to the Arkansas Traffic Crash Statistic Report prepared by the Arkansas State Police, there was a total of 58,449 reported car crashes in Arkansas in 2013. While the number of overall accidents was slightly down from previous years, there were still a substantial amount of accidents which resulted in an injury. In fact, according to the report over 3,000 people experienced an incapacitating injury, over 7,000 people experienced a non-incapacitating injury, and over 16,000 people experienced a possible injury. Some of the most common car accident injuries seen on the road include:
- Whiplash and neck injuries – Whiplash and neck injuries are some of the most common injuries in a car accident. These injuries are the result of the sheer amount of force that is behind a car accident, which causes the muscles and nerves in the neck to be strained past their normal range of motion. However, despite their commonality, neck injuries can be some of the most painful injuries one can experience. Symptoms from a neck injury, such as whiplash, can range from mild to moderate and even to debilitating. Some victims will only experience minor pain and swelling, while others may suffer from more severe injuries such as cervical dislocation and disc injuries. In addition, these injuries may indicate that the brain has sustained some trauma.
- Spinal column injuries – A spinal cord injury of any degree can be catastrophic to a person. These injuries result when displaced or dislodged bone fragments, disc materials, or ligaments bruise or tear into the spinal cord. These injuries tend to be disastrous as any damage to the spinal cord can severely affect or completely severed nerve connections from the brain to the rest of the body. Damage to this delicate structure can result in loss of function in some or all extremities, loss of feeling in some or all extremities, and or death.
- Traumatic brain injuries – The brain serves the all-important function of controlling the body. In addition to being the seat of our ability to think, the brain also controls many biological processes that we do not think, such as breathing and regulating our organs. Brain injuries are unfortunately common in a car accident due to the jarring nature of the accident itself.
While these are some of the most common injuries, there are many others that a car accident victim will typically suffer, including facial injuries due to broken glass and airbags, back injuries, and nerve damage.
What Causes Car Accidents on Fort Smith Roads?
Car accidents are rather common types of accidents on the road. Many accidents can be attributed to drivers being impatient or driving too fast. Accidents on Fort Smith Roads can happen for many reasons, however, some of the most common reasons for an accident include:
Road Surface Conditions – Road surface conditions contribute to a substantial amount of auto accidents every year. When the roads are wet, icy, or when driving conditions are not ideal, drivers should extend a certain degree of caution. However, according to reports issued by the Arkansas State Police Department wet and icy road conditions lead to almost twenty percent of all accidents.
Alcohol – Everyone knows that you should never operate a motor vehicle or get behind the wheel after you have consumed alcohol. Yet, there are hundreds of thousands of accidents all over the country that can be attributed to drivers drinking and driving. The Arkansas State Police Department reported that in 2013, there were over 3,300 accidents that were caused by drivers who had consumed alcohol or other intoxicating substances.
Careless driving – Careless driving is perhaps the biggest contributor to accidents on Fort Smith Roads and indeed throughout Arkansas. As stated in the Arkansas Transportation Code Section 27-51-104(b)(1)-(8), the following acts by constitute as careless driving:
- Improper or unsafe lane changes on public roadways;
- Driving onto or across private property to avoid intersections, stop signs, traffic control devices, or traffic lights;
- Driving in such a manner, or at such a speed, so as to cause a skidding, spinning, or sliding of tires or a sliding of the vehicle;
- Driving too close to, or colliding with, parked or stopped vehicles, fixtures, persons, or objects adjacent to the public thoroughfares;
- Driving a vehicle which has any part thereof, or any object, extended in such fashion as to endanger persons or property;
- To operate any vehicle in such a manner which would cause a failure to maintain control;
- To operate or drive a vehicle wherein or whereon passengers are located in such a manner as to be dangerous to the welfare of such passengers; or
- To operate a vehicle in any manner, when the driver is inattentive, and such inattention is not reasonable and prudent in maintaining vehicular control.
Careless driving leads to accidents every day in Arkansas. According to the Arkansas State Police, there were almost 19,000 accidents that were connected to a driver being careless.
Injured in a Car Accident? Look to a Fort Smith Car Accident Attorney for Help
If you have suffered a serious injury be sure to seek medical attention immediately. Then to schedule your free and confidential consultation, call Arkansas car accident lawyer Ken Kieklak at (479) 316-0438 or contact our firm online.