Car Accident Injuries Caused by Broken Glass
When two cars collide, there is a serious risk that occupants inside the vehicles could be injured due to broken glass caused by the impact or from being thrown against the glass. Even if a car occupant is not thrown against the glass, flying shards of glass during an accident can leave deep cuts and result in profuse bleeding.
Over the years, car manufacturers have tried to incorporate glass that will not easily break during an accident. However, even new types of glass are only effective in low-impact car accidents. When there is a collision involving two cars that occurs at high rates of speed, the windshield and side windows could break.
Types of Injuries Commonly Suffered When Glass Shatters in an Auto Accident
When glass shatters or breaks, the shards are an extreme hazard akin to tiny torpedoes of pain. As a result, vehicle occupants can suffer a myriad of serious injuries that can leave them debilitated for weeks or months. Some injuries can be slight, but others are quite serious and can even lead to death.
Surface Level Cuts
These are broken glass injuries that do not pierce quite deep into the body tissue. In a lot of cases, these injuries just require minimal wound stitching or cleaning.
Deep Level Lacerations
This type of injury occurs when the broken glass penetrates deep into the skin, getting through to the muscle fiber and the lower skin. Treating this type of broken glass injury usually requires surgery.
Apart from cuts sustained during a broken glass accident, a person can go into shock from the injury sustained. If the person does not get prompt medical treatment, the shock could easily result in death.
Broken glass can also penetrate deep into the bones of victims. This can easily sever the limb of an accident victim. For injuries where a majority of the arteries in the limb have been severed, the only available option could be amputation.
Physical and Psychological Effects of Broken Glass Injuries
The injuries sustained in broken car glass accidents can leave deep scars on the victim long after they have physically healed. If these scars are in an exposed part of the body, it could deface the victim. Having to carry scars around for life can cause severe psychological trauma to victims.
Compensation for Broken Glass Injuries Suffered During a Car Crash
If you or someone close to you suffered a serious injury due to broken or shattered glass in a car wreck, you may be able to get compensation for your injuries by bringing a personal injury claim against the other driver. You could potentially recover financial restitution for your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Injured Due to Shattered Glass in an Auto Accident?
Let a Houston Car Accident Attorney Help
If you suffer a serious injury as a result of broken or shattered glass in an auto accident, take action today and schedule a time to speak to an experienced Houston car accident lawyer. Contact Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. to schedule a free consultation.