Car accidents in Tampa, FL, involve a lot of force. When these forces are transmitted to the body, victims can suffer serious injuries to their bones, organs, and soft tissues.
Car crashes tend to cause similar injuries depending on the type of impact. The nature of the crash can even affect the likelihood of suffering a catastrophic or fatal injury.
Learn about some common injuries from Tampa car accidents and how to get compensation for their effects. The experienced car accident attorneys at Winters & Yonker, P.A. can help. Contact us at (813) 223-6200 to schedule a free consultation.
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How Winters & Yonker, P.A. Can Help After a Car Accident in Tampa
Winters & Yonker, P.A. has served Tampa car accident victims for over 20 years. Our Tampa car accident attorneys have recovered millions for accident victims in Florida.
By hiring our firm, you’ll have a team of skilled attorneys to help with your case in the following ways:
- Negotiating a settlement with the other side on your behalf
- Bringing your case to court if the other party doesn’t negotiate in good faith
- Hiring experts to analyze your case and strengthen your compensation claim
When you’re injured in a car accident in Tampa, Florida, you need a law firm prepared to fight aggressively for your right to fair compensation. Contact Winters & Yonker, P.A. for a free consultation to discuss what our attorneys can do for you.
How Common Are Injuries from Tampa Car Accidents?
According to the Florida Crash Dashboard, Hillsborough County had 23,903 car accidents in 2021. About 10,193 of these crashes caused at least one injury or fatality, meaning approximately 43% of car accidents caused injury or death that year.
Those 10,000+ accidents injured over 26,000 vehicle occupants. If you get into a two-vehicle collision, the odds are good that you’ll suffer an injury if the crash was powerful enough to injure the other driver.
Overview of Common Injuries from Tampa Car Accidents
The nature of the accident plays a large role in the injuries you suffer.
A rear-end collision happens when one vehicle runs into the back of another. Liability for these crashes almost always falls on the driver of the trailing vehicle, as they’re responsible for maintaining a safe following distance.
These accidents can injure occupants of both vehicles, but they rarely cause fatalities because the cars are usually traveling in the same direction when they collide.
In a rear-end collision, the occupants of the front vehicle get pushed back into their seats before whipping forward as the driver hits the brakes. The occupants of the back vehicle whip forward into their seat belts, the steering wheel, the dashboard, or the windshield before falling back into their seats.
Rear-end collisions commonly cause:
- Whiplash, a form of neck strain resulting from sudden, violent impacts
- Chest bruises
- Rib fractures
In most cases, victims recover from these injuries within a few weeks.
Angle or Side-Impact Collision
Angle and side-impact collisions typically happen at intersections. They often result from a failure to yield the right-of-way or an improper turn. Liability falls on the driver who went through the intersection without waiting for it to clear.
Angle and side-impact collisions are much more dangerous than rear-end collisions. When another motorist strikes the side of your vehicle, you get pushed to the side. Unfortunately, your car’s airbag is only designed to deploy in frontal impacts.
Worse yet, your seat belt isn’t designed to prevent you from sliding from side to side, which means it will do little to protect you in an angle or side-impact crash.
Some injuries that can result from an angle or side-impact collisions include:
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Head trauma from hitting the side window or door post
- Crushing injuries on the legs and arms
Generally speaking, these accidents have a higher risk of causing serious injury than a rear-end collision.
Sideswipe collisions usually cause only minor injuries. These accidents involve very little energy since only the sides of the cars collide.
A sideswipe usually happens during an improper lane change. As such, liability will rest on the driver who crossed into someone else’s lane without leaving enough space to pass.
Sideswipe crash injuries often involve soft tissues. Some injuries in these crashes include:
- Sprains and strains
- Torn cartilage
Since these crashes cause soft tissue injuries, victims may need surgery to repair torn tissues and physical therapy to regain strength and function.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Tampa Car Accident Lawyers
Whether you suffered minor injuries or permanent disabilities, you may have the right to receive compensation for your injuries. Contact Winters & Yonker, P.A. for a free consultation to discuss your eligibility for remuneration.