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Data provided by Legal Match shows that neck pain – sometimes known as whiplash – and lower back pain are the most common injuries suffered in car crashes. But you might be surprised to learn the most common car related injury is actually one not related to an accident. According to data published in Forbes and provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT), nearly 150,000 Americans are injured every year simply in the process of closing a car door. Other non-accident car related injuries are just as surprising. The Oklahoma car accident lawyers of Hasbrook & Hasbrook provide this data in a bid to enlighten drivers – and passengers – about the many ways they can injure themselves just by getting into or out of or riding in a car. We hope this causes people to pay more attention to such hazards with the result being fewer such injuries.
Half of All Automotive Accidents Result in Neck Pain or Whiplash
According to Legal Match, here are the top 10 injuries sustained in car accidents:
- Neck pain – 49%
- Lower back pain – 42%
- Headaches – 39%
- Shoulder pain – 37%
- Upper back pain – 34%
- Difficulty sleeping – 31%
- Anxiety – 25%
- Cuts and bruises – 20%
- Loss of feeling/numbness in any body part – 12%
- Broken bones – 10%
These numbers mean you’re almost five times more likely to experience whiplash than a bone fracture, and about twice as likely as have headaches than to walk away with contusions and lacerations. Developing anxiety is about twice as likely as losing feeling in an extremity or other body part, but only half as likely as neck pain.
As you can gather from this data, many automotive accidents actually result in multiple injuries. Some, like anxiety and chronic insomnia, aren’t “injuries” at all, but rather the secondary effects of being involved in an accident.
Nearly 150,000 People Injured by Slamming Car Doors Annually
The US DOT tracks types and numbers of vehicular injuries through its various divisions, like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Here are the DOT’s estimates for annual non-accident injuries:
- Slamming a car door – 148,000 injuries
- Overexertion (e.g. trying to push a car that broke down) – 88,000 injuries
- Falling while getting in or out of the car – 84,000 injuries
- Hit by a car that was backing up – 74,000 injuries
- Getting cut by a piece of metal – 62,000 injuries
- Standing or sitting while getting in or out of a car – 44,000 injuries
- Getting hit by a door while entering/exiting a vehicle – 36,000 injuries
- Falling from a vehicle – 28,000 injuries
- Hit by a flying object inside the car – 20,000 injuries
- Radiator/antifreeze burns – 9,000 injuries
When you break the numbers down, you’re about half as likely to get hit by a car that’s backing up than you are to hurt yourself by slamming a door. Meanwhile, you’re about 15 times more likely to hurt yourself by slamming a door than you are to get burned by antifreeze or a radiator. You’re twice as likely to strain yourself too hard than you are to get hurt while standing or sitting, and about three times less likely to get hit by an unrestrained object than you are to accidentally cut yourself on a jagged edge of metal.
It’s easy to prevent most non-accident injuries simply by being aware of how they occur. Unfortunately, if you’re ever in a crash or collision with a truck, motorcycle, or another car, the likelihood of getting hurt is fairly high. According to data from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO), among the 68,327 vehicular accidents that occurred statewide during 2014, a total of 22,673 – roughly one third – resulted in non-fatal injuries (categorized as incapacitating, non-incapacitating, and possible). Additionally, 669 people were killed in the 589 fatal crashes that occurred during that year.
Even for those who are fortunate enough to escape their accidents unharmed, the costs of repairing or replacing a damaged or totaled vehicle can be financially devastating – especially if the accident victim depends on his or her car to commute to work or get to class.
No matter the circumstances, automotive accidents are never easy to deal with. However, if you were hurt in a car accident in Oklahoma City or the surrounding area, you may be entitled to compensation depending on how and why you were injured. If you’re thinking about taking legal action, it’s important to act fast, because a deadline called the statute of limitations restricts how long you have to file a lawsuit.
To start talking about your accident in a free, private, no-obligation consultation, call the personal injury attorneys of Hasbrook & Hasbrook at (405) 698-3040 right away. We will answer your legal questions and help you understand some of the options that may be available to you and your family.