Populous states see more than their fair share of car accidents, and Tennessee is no exception. No matter how defensive a driver you are, there’s a chance you might find yourself dealing with an automobile crash (and all that comes with it) and some point during your life.

In the state of Tennessee (2020), there were:

  • 23,815 car accidents involving distracted driving 
  • 7,332 crashes involving an impaired driver
  • 12,221 crashes involving large trucks
  • 7,253 crashes involving speeding

In Tennessee, a negligent party can be held accountable for causing injury to another person in a car accident. Those injuries can vary widely and can lead to a mountain of other issues, including medical debt, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, and depression.

What are the Most Common Car Accident Injuries?

A car accident can result in just about any injury you could imagine. From scrapes and cuts to broken bones to concussions, local emergency rooms will tell you they’ve seen it all. Whether you see your car crash injuries as minor or major can change with time, as some conditions are sneaky and pose long-term threats to your wellness.

Whiplash

Whiplash is one of those injuries that might seem minor, or even non-existent. Many people don’t realize they have whiplash until hours or days after their accident. Unfortunately, the pain can worsen and become chronic, leading to other issues like insomnia and anxiety. 

Whiplash occurs when your head suddenly whips backward and forward, resulting in pain in the neck and shoulders. Therapy and proper self-care can help ensure whiplash heals properly and doesn’t pose a long-term threat to your quality of life.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Traumatic Brain Injury is especially dangerous because it doesn’t announce itself. Seeing a doctor after a crash is essential, even if you feel fine, because brain injuries, concussions, and internal bleeding cannot be seen with the naked eye.

When your brain is suddenly jolted, as in a car crash, brain cells can be injured. This might happen because you struck your head on the window, steering wheel, or dashboard. It’s important to note that you can bang your head without remembering or realizing it. Just because you don’t feel pain doesn’t mean you haven’t suffered TBI, which can lead to brain damage in some cases.

Broken Bones

Most people assume they’ll know right away if they’ve broken a bone, but that’s not always the case. In fact, it’s not uncommon for people to leave the scene of an accident without realizing they’ve suffered broken bones. 

Adrenaline is a powerful masker of pain, so you should never assume you’re uninjured after a car accident. Prompt medical attention can clear any doubt about your condition and help give you peace of mind. It can also help ensure you have a strong case if you need to seek compensation for your injuries.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries fall into two categories. A complete spinal cord injury means there is no feeling at all beneath the area of injury. With an incomplete spinal cord injury, there is some feeling below the area of injury. 

Both types of injury require prompt medical attention. Like some other conditions, a spinal cord injury can take time to reveal itself. A car accident doctor can help clear up any doubts and help you understand the nature of your injuries, should you have any.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Some injuries can’t be seen on an X-ray. Post-traumatic stress disorder can occur after a car accident and can interfere with your quality of life, your health, and your job. 

Symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Agitation
  • Unwanted memories/flashbacks
  • Insomnia
  • Heightened reactions
  • Hypervigilance and/or social isolation
  • Depressed mood or anxiety
  • Avoidance and fear of similar situations

If you are experiencing symptoms of PTSD, speak to a mental health professional right away. There are tools and techniques that can help survivors cope, ease their anxiety, and move forward in a healthy and productive manner. 

Common Causes of Car Accidents in Tennessee

Almost all car accidents are caused by “driver error.” Usually, that means some kind of negligence has occurred. Common causes of car accidents in Tennessee include:

  • Distracted Driving
  • Speeding and Reckless Driving
  • Sleep-Deprived Driving
  • Impaired Driving
  • Reckless Driving at Intersections

No matter what caused your car accident, you shouldn’t have to suffer (or pay) for someone else’s negligence. If you were injured because of someone else’s reckless driving, a car accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve.

How Can a Tennessee Car Accident Lawyer Help?

After a car accident, Mandy Hancock Law is here to help. We are committed to giving your car accident case the time and attention it deserves to ensure the best possible outcome. From your free consultation to your settlement and everything in between, we’ll be there. 

Mandy Hancock Law helps with the following:

  • Collecting eyewitness statements
  • Understanding all the details of your crash
  • Getting your Knoxville crash report
  • Gathering pictures of the crash
  • Notifying the defendant’s insurance company of your legal representation
  • Organizing past and present medical records
  • Sending a demand letter to the insurance company
  • Negotiating with the insurance company for your compensation

At Mandy Hancock Law, we know how overwhelming a car crash is for the victim. Our personal injury lawyers are here to discuss your case so you can understand your rights and determine whether you have a case. Let us handle the legal aspect of your crash so you can focus on restoring your quality of life. Call today for a free case review if you’ve been in a car accident!