As the holidays quickly approach, many in Greenwood and the surrounding areas are preparing for holiday travel in the coming weeks. For the majority of travelers, this means driving a personal vehicle such as a car, according to the Bureau of Travel Statistics (BTS). While the vast majority of these trips will occur without incident, all forms of travel put people at some risk of involvement in an accident. This can be particularly true in situations in which drivers are unfamiliar with their surroundings and there are more cars than usual on the road, both of which are often true during holiday travel.
Fortunately for victims who are injured this holiday season, South Carolina law often entitles accident victims to significant compensation after an accident. For this reason, anyone that has been hurt in an accident should contact a lawyer immediately.
What Kinds Of Injuries Can Be Sustained In A South Carolina Car Accident?
There are a number of serious injuries that can often be sustained in a car accident that occurs during holiday travel. Some of the more common are detailed below.
- Traumatic brain injuries – A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is serious injury that affects the way that a person’s brain normally functions. The can occur in a car accident both if a victim sustains head trauma by striking the interior of the vehicle or the ground or if the accident involves sufficient force as to make the head snap back and forth quickly on the neck.
- Spinal cord injuries – Another serious type of injury that may be sustained in a serious car accident is a spinal cord injury. The spinal cord is the bundle of nerves that allows the brain to send and receive nerve impulses. When it is damaged, people can experience pain, muscle weakness, changes in sensation, loss of function, and even paralysis.
- Soft tissue injuries – Soft tissue injuries include sprains, strains, lacerations, and bruises. When serious, these kinds of injuries can be extremely painful and may require intensive medical treatment.
- Burns – People who are injured in serious car accidents can also sustain severe burns, which can require long-term medical treatment and leave victims with significant scarring that may have an impact on their emotional well-being.
These and other injuries that can be sustained in holiday travel accidents can leave victims hospitalized at a time they should be spending their time with friends and family. Furthermore, many victims incur losses such as significant medical expenses, lost income, property damage, and loss of quality of life.
Contact A Greenwood Personal Injury Lawyer Today To Schedule A Free Consultation
Individuals who are injured in car accidents that they believe were caused by the negligence of others should contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. The lawyers of Ayers, Smithdeal & Bettis, P.C. are dedicated to helping people that have been injured by the negligence of others recover for their injuries. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Greenwood car accident attorneys, call our office today 864-229-1947.