Serious Injuries in Wheeling Car Accidents
As a suburb of Chicago, Wheeling roads see a lot of traffic. Not surprisingly, Wheeling car accidents are one of the most common causes of preventable injury. Motorists are often confronted with congested roads that weren’t necessarily built to accommodate the high rate of traffic they currently experience. At the same time, Wheeling isn’t as crowded as some of the other nearby cities, and the roads tend to have higher speed limits. As a result, many Wheeling car accidents cause serious, life-changing injuries. At the law firm of Briskman Briskman & Greenberg, for nearly 40 years, we’ve been aggressively representing the interests of Wheeling accident victims. With our help, you can hold the driver responsible for the accident accountable.
Where Do Wheeling Car Accidents Occur?
Wheeling is not a large city. In fact, according to the most recently available census data, the village of Wheeling has a population of just 39,137.1 However, Wheeling is also situated just a short distance from Chicago and right off Interstate 294, meaning the village sees a lot of traffic from non-residents.
While an accident can occur on any road for any reason, some of the most dangerous roads in Wheeling include:
- Dundee Road
- Elmhurst Road
- Milwaukee Avenue
- Hintz Road
- Palatine Road
- Rand Road
These roads are those that either sees a higher-than-normal rate of traffic or have a significant concentration of bars or restaurants, which results in an increase in the risk of DUI accidents.
Common Injuries in a Wheeling Car Accident
Car accidents can change the course of your life in a moment’s notice. While some accident victims are lucky and escape with minor injuries, others pay a far greater toll. Some of the most common types of injuries following a Wheeling car accident include:
Head and Brain Injuries
Head injuries are common in car accidents, as the force involved in a collision can cause an occupant’s head to crash into the steering wheel, dashboard, windshield, or any other hard surface in the car. A sudden impact to the head often results in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBIs are particularly concerning because they often present no immediately noticeable symptoms. However, if left untreated, TBIs can lead to serious physical and mental health problems later on.
The spinal cord is one of the most crucial structures in the body, as it is responsible for sending nerve signals from the brain throughout the body. The spinal cord is protected by the spine, which consists of more than 20 small bones called vertebrae. In an accident, vertebrae can fracture or break, resulting in small bone fragments becoming lodged in the spinal cord. This can cause permanent nerve damage, which may lead to temporary or permanent paralysis. Car accidents also frequently cause damage to the cushion-like spinal discs between the vertebrae. Disc damage, also referred to as herniated discs, bulging discs, or slipped discs, is extremely painful and may require surgery.
Many Wheeling car accidents involve a tremendous amount of force. According to one source, a 180-pound person involved in a car accident while traveling at 45 miles per hour experiences the equivalent of G-force of 108 times the earth’s gravitational pull. This is easily enough force to break any bone in the human body. Some of the most commonly broken bones include arm bones, leg bones, nose, clavicle, sternum or rib.
Soft Tissue Damage
Soft tissue is the muscles, fat, tendons, ligaments, and other structures that surround the internal organs and serve as connection points for bones. However, many of the body’s soft tissues are susceptible to injury in the event of a car accident. Soft tissue injuries often involve nagging pain that doesn’t go away over time. For example, some of the most common soft tissue injuries include whiplash, sprains, and strains.
So far, all of the injuries have been physical in nature. However, it is important to also discuss the effect that being involved in a serious Wheeling car accident can have on a person’s emotional wellbeing. Many accident victims experience extreme trauma in the immediate aftermath of a collision, and it’s normal for this trauma to have long-term effects. For example, many accident victims experience post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety or depression. Thus, it is important for those involved in an accident to not only take care of their physical health but also their mental health.
Speak to a Wheeling Serious Car Accident Injury Attorney
At Briskman Briskman & Greenberg, we’ve been helping accident victims obtain the compensation they need and deserve for decades. Our experienced legal team has the skill, dedication, and knowledge necessary to effectively bring your case, no matter how serious your injuries. When you bring Briskman Briskman & Greenberg onto your team, you can rest easy throughout the process, knowing you are in good hands. We offer all potential clients a free consultation during which you will speak directly to a car accident attorney, often one of the firm’s principals, who will assess the facts of your case and advise you of your rights. Don’t delay scheduling your free legal consultation, because if you wait too long to bring a case, you could forever lose your rights.
As part of the Briskman Guarantee, if you bring us onto your case, we will never bill you for our services unless we can recover compensation on your behalf. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with a Wheeling car accident lawyer, give us a call at 877-595-4878. You can also connect with us through our online contact form.