Most car accidents are minor and do not involve serious injuries. However, there are a significant number of accidents that can lead to serious injuries, especially broken bones. Some other common injuries are lacerations, whiplash, traumatic brain injuries, internal injuries, spinal injuries, bruising, and lacerations. Some types of accidents are more likely to end in injury than others. For example, a low-speed fender bender might not necessarily result in any injuries. In contrast, a high-speed head-on or rear-end collision may end in significant injuries. It is important that a victim of any accident see a doctor even if they believe they are not injured to protect themselves and to have documentation for a personal injury claim.
Orthopedics This Week reports that the number of car crashes that cause orthopedic trauma is at record lows.
Due to shelter-in-place orders and people staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of patients being seen at orthopedic clinics and injury treatment centers has seen a decline.
According to data, accident “hot spots” in cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta are plummeting. This is affecting the number of patients being seen for accident injuries in emergency rooms, trauma units, chiropractor offices, and injury specialist offices.
In the case of San Francisco, responses by emergency services to accidents fell to a 17-year low of 110 accidents over the time span of a week.
Many orthopedic specialists are theorizing that even as states and businesses begin “opening up,” that these types of injuries will still be lower than normal. They believe that economic depression following the weeks and months of stay-at-home orders will affect the number of injured persons.
Though the overall number of traffic accidents are lower, the severity of these accidents is on the rise. This may be because people are using wide-open roadways as an excuse to speed or drive recklessly.
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