Car Accident Bone Fracture Locations and Types
One of the common force trauma injuries caused by car accidents is bone fracture. Bone fractures resulting from a motor vehicle collision cause multiple problems for the injured driver. Since bone fractures do not instantly cause large amounts of pain, injured drivers might think they are not injured right after the accident, not feeling the pain until the adrenaline wears off. This creates a time gap during which the fractured bone can be further damaged. Bone fractures, unlike breaks, are usually not set in a cast, slowing the healing process and causing discomfort for extended periods of time.
Some of the commonly fractured bones during a car accident include, but are not limited to:
- Arm Fracture– a very common fracture in car accidents. Driver’s arms are in danger from air bags and the steering wheel. As they are often used to brace ones self, they are often put in harms way.
- Wrist Fracture– being a much smaller and more delicate set of bones, a wrist fracture can take extended periods of time to heal.
- Clavicle or Collarbone – a painful fracture that can cause the loss of arm strength. A very slow and sometimes painful healing process may follow.
- Rib Fracture– rib fractures in car accidents are often caused by airbag deployment. A fractured rib can cause shortness of breath, loss of arm strength, as well as causing pain with every breath. This is further complicated when fractures occurred in multiple ribs, also increasing recovery time and sometimes requiring reinforcement of the ribs with screws or plates.
- Sternal Fracture– the sternum, the bone in the center of the chest, connects all of the ribs. Sternal fractures are often a sign of damage to the organs it usually protects. Sternal fractures require a long healing process during which breathing will be shallow and painful.
- Femur Shaft Fracture– femur fractures are often caused by t-bone accidents. Femur fracture are extremely and instantly painful.
Bone fractures during car accidents are caused in many ways, and can lead to many types of fractures. Some times of fractures that are caused in car accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Non-Displaced Fracture– the fractured bone stays in place and the body part is still functional. May not be immediately noticeable, creating a risk of complication.
- Displaced Fracture– the bone fracture causes dis-alignment of the bone, increasing healing time.
- Comminuted Fracture– bone shatters into multiple pieces.
- Closed Fracture– when a bone breaks but does not protrude from the skin.
- Compound Fracture– also known as an “open fracture”. The fractured bone breaks the skin, creating an open wound.
- Longitudinal Fracture– a fracture that runs vertically down the length of the bone.
- Spiral Fracture– a fracture where the bone has been twisted. Will require realignment.
- Direct Fracture– a fracture that occurs at the spot of the impact.
- Indirect Fracture– a fracture that happens at a spot on the bone different than the spot of impact.
- Dislocation Fracture– a bone fracture close to a joint, causing dislocation of that joint.
- Impacted Fracture– a fracture of the bone caused by compression of the bone.
If you are injured in a car accident, you need to seek immediate medical attention. Only a medical professional will be able to diagnose and address your injuries, especially those that are not immediately noticeable.
You will need to reach maximum medical recovery before your attorney can settle your claim. Therefore, proper and timely healing of your injuries is important not only to your recovery and your continued health, but to your personal injury claim as well.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, you need to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The personal injury attorney will be able to offer their experience in seeking medical care as well as offer letters of protection where necessary to get you the best medical care possible.