You can suffer a number of injuries in a car accident. From whiplash and concussions to lifelong paralysis, the aftermath can be painful and costly. Although the lower half of your body is more concealed when you’re driving a vehicle, it’s just as susceptible to injury—and the recovery can be just as difficult, if not more.
Our legs are so crucial for everyday movement, transportation, and—for many people—getting their job done. It’s important to keep this in mind if you suffered a leg injury from a car accident. By working with an experienced car accident lawyer, you can provide evidence for how much the injury impacts your day-to-day life when seeking financial recovery.
What Leg Injuries Are Most Common in Car Accidents?
The leg is a large body part made up of many areas, including your thighs, knees, ankles, and feet. All of which can be injured during a car accident in different ways. Here are some of the most common injuries that a victim can suffer from a car accident.
Broken Legs, Feet, Pelvis, or Ankles
The leg can break in several areas from a car accident. When a lot of force is applied to the leg during the accident, it can cause the bones to snap.
There are three main areas in the leg that can become fractured:
- Femur (thigh bone)
- Tibia (shinbone)
- Fibula (calf bone; runs along the other side from the tibia)
Broken femurs are especially common in car accidents because it takes a lot of force to break the thigh bone (one of the largest and strongest bones in your body). Femur bone fractures can take many months to heal and have been associated with injuries that are potentially life-threatening, so you should get treatment for a broken femur as soon as possible.
If you suffer a broken ankle, that stems from broken bones in your ankle joint, which also include the tibia and the fibula, as well as the talus (the bone underneath these two bones).
Any broken bones in the foot are known as metatarsals.
The knee contains cushion-like sacs called bursae that pad the bones, tendons, and muscles. In a car accident, these bursae can become inflamed, causing swelling, pain, and problems moving the knee joint.
If the cartilage in the knee is rotated or twisted too much, it can tear and cause swelling, pain, and stiffness for the victim.
Your anterior cruciate ligament, also known as the ACL, connects your femur to your tibia and provides stability and flexibility to your knee joint. An ACL injury is common in car accidents and can cause pain, swelling, weakness, and popping in the knee joint.
These involve pinching or even the severing of nerves, tendons, or muscles in the legs.
Car accidents can lead to cuts, perforations, or punctures of the tissues, skin, or even leg bones.
In severe car accidents, the limb can be severed completely, requiring removal to prevent worse damage or even death.
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How Serious Are the Most Common Leg Injuries in Car Accidents?
The leg is one of the most essential parts of the human body. We often take it for granted when we’re in good health, but your legs are your primary means of getting around, navigating stairs and terrain, and doing many of the things you do every day — from sports and exercise to hobbies to playing with young children.
As a result, any leg injury can be potentially life-changing. While not all leg injuries render you unable to walk, many do. And even those that don’t prevent walking may leave you with mobility issues or extreme pain on a daily basis.
Many common leg injuries get worse as you age or if you don’t get proper treatment. If you had a leg injury in a car accident, take it seriously from the start.
Get Help Recovering From Leg Injuries After a Car Accident
Leg injuries from a car accident can prevent a victim from working for weeks, months, or more, and can require intensive treatment and therapy to full recovery. In some cases, the injuries can be life-altering.
Don’t suffer through the aftermath alone. Contact us for help. At John Foy & Associates, we’ve spent 20+ years helping personal injury victims pursue financial recovery for their injuries so they can get back on their feet as soon as possible. To get started, call us for a FREE consultation to discuss your situation and how we can help. Contact us at 404-400-4000, or through the form to your right to get started today.