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Bone Fractures Are A Common Injury In Car Wrecks

The impact resulting from a car accident can be strong enough to do serious damage to your car and your body. One of the most common injuries in both minor and severe accidents is a bone fracture. From our experienced car accident attorneys at Ashenden & Associates, P.C., in Atlanta, here is a helpful guide of fracture types and what can cause them.

Types Of Fractures

Simple: A simple fracture is a break in the bone that does not cause the bone to protrude from the skin. In this type of injury, the surrounding tissue seemingly remains unharmed.

Compound: Compound fractures involve a break in bones that causes one or more pieces of bone to pierce the skin from the inside out. These fractures run the risk of infection.

Hairline: Hairline fractures are small cracks in the bone usually caused by repetitive stress or overuse of a body part. They are more common among older people.

Avulsion: An avulsion fracture occurs when the force of the trauma causes a piece of the bone to completely break away from the rest.

Buckle: Buckle fractures are incomplete fractures that result in one side of the bone buckling in on itself.

Transverse: A transverse fracture occurs when the break is across the bone at a right angle to the bone’s axis.

Oblique: Oblique fractures occur when the break is diagonal. These breaks are most common in main leg bones like femurs or tibias.

Comminuted: A comminuted fracture involves the bone splintering into multiple pieces (more than two). These fractures result from extreme force, like that experienced in vehicle crashes and bad falls.

How Fractures Can Occur

Just as there are many types of fractures, there are many types of car accidents. The type and location of an injury depends entirely on the direction of the force in relation to your body and the amount of force endured. Fender benders in Atlanta gridlock aren’t likely to cause serious harm, but other types of crashes might, especially if they involve motorcycles, bicycles or semi trucks. Serious collisions also include:

Rear-End Collisions
Rear-end collisions, when at a high enough speed, can cause the head to whip forward and backward quickly. In low-impact situations, this can cause whiplash, but when your car is hit with enough force, it can cause fractures in your vertebrae at the neck and back and even facial fractures if your face strikes the air bag too hard.

T-Bone Accidents
Because of the location of T-bone collisions, there is a higher risk for injury – the driver and passenger-side doors of a vehicle provide little cushion at impact. These crashes can cause a variety of fractures to the arm, side of the face, leg, hip and ribs on the side that experienced the impact.

Front-End Collisions
Front-end collisions can cause injuries similar to those in rear-end collisions. Victims of these types of crashes sometimes experience collarbone, facial and rib fractures.

Contact Experienced Car Accident Lawyers In Atlanta

If you or a loved one has experienced a bone fracture resulting from a car accident, please contact our experienced attorneys at Ashenden & Associates, P.C., in Atlanta. Give us a call at 770-954-8363 or fill out our online contact form. Your first consultation is free.