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How can crush injuries happen in a car accident?

On Behalf of | Jun 6, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Car accidents can result in a wide array of injuries, some of which can be life-threatening. Among the most severe types are crush injuries.

These occur when the car squeezes a part of the body between two heavy objects with a high degree of force or pressure. Understanding how crush injuries happen in car accidents can help people.

Impact of collision

During a car accident, the impact of the collision can cause significant deformation of the vehicle. When two vehicles collide, this force may crumple the metal frame of the car, trapping people inside.

If the crash occurs at high speed, the resulting force could cause the car’s structure to collapse inward, leading to crush injuries. For example, a head-on collision can compress the front end of the vehicle, trapping the legs or torso of the driver and passengers.

Vehicle rollover

Rollover accidents present another scenario where crush injuries frequently occur. When a car rolls over, the roof and sides of the vehicle can cave in due to the weight of the car and the force of the rollover.

The collapsed roof or sides of the car may pin people inside the vehicle. This can lead to serious crush injuries, especially if the vehicle rolls multiple times, compounding the damage and pressure on the occupants’ bodies.

Entrapment by external objects

A vehicle may crash into a large truck or a building as part of the collision, causing some of the structure to collapse onto the car. Additionally, heavy cargo from a truck can spill and fall onto a smaller vehicle during a collision. These external forces could lead to crush injuries by adding additional weight and pressure to the already compromised vehicle structure.

Medical intervention is important for suffering individuals in order to reduce long-term damage and improve recovery outcomes. Anyone facing injuries from a car accident may want to seek fair compensation.