What Accidents Commonly Result in Spinal Cord Injuries?

spinal cord injuryEven at low speeds, an automobile accident has an almost ten percent chance of causing a spinal injury, according to a study in the Asian Journal of Neurosurgery. As a spinal cord injury attorney, Black & DePaoli has seen many cases of spinal injuries from accidents. Some of the more common accidents to cause spinal injuries include rear-end collisions and crashes resulting in rollovers.

Rollover crashes

A rollover crash most commonly causes spinal injuries. This is likely due to the two-part nature of the crash. The initial impact has the most force. Additional stress is placed on the body, typically from a different axis, as the vehicle rolls.

Rear-end collisions

Rear end collisions stand as the most common type of auto accident. Because of this, rear-end collisions stand as another common source of crash-related back injury. Such crashes also carry a greater risk of brain injury, since many are taken off guard. As a Folsom rear end accident lawyer, Travis G. Black and Associates know the impact these crashes can have.

Common characteristics

In the Asian Journal of Neurosurgery study, drivers were found to suffer spinal injuries more often than passengers. Among all injuries, researchers found lower back (lumbosacral) injuries to be the most common. It’s worth noting that this particular study studied only patients admitted to the hospital a day or more after the accident–just because it doesn’t hurt shortly after the accident, doesn’t mean there isn’t an injury.

Spinal injuries aren’t always obvious, but they are serious. As a Folsom rear end accident lawyer and a greater Sacramento personal injury attorney, the team at Travis G. Black & Associates urge anyone recently involved in an auto crash–particularly a rear-end or rollover collision–to seek a lawyer. Handling it alone often ends with victims picking up the bill for the long-term, often disabling, effects of their spinal injury. Our team fights to ensure that clients have both short- and long-term costs for their care covered by those at fault.


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