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Understanding common injuries involving teenage drivers

On Behalf of | Jul 9, 2024 | Personal Injury

Due to inexperience and other factors, teen drivers face a high risk of motor vehicle accidents. When these accidents occur, they often result in various injuries. 

Understanding the most common injuries can help in seeking appropriate legal and medical support.

Head and brain injuries

Head and brain injuries are serious concerns in car accidents involving teenage drivers. Concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur when the head strikes an object or experiences a sudden jolt. These injuries can have long-lasting effects on cognitive and physical abilities. 

Those injured may need to seek compensation for extensive medical treatments, rehabilitation, and the impact on daily life.

Neck and spinal injuries

Neck and spinal injuries are also prevalent in teenage driver accidents. Whiplash, caused by the rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, can lead to chronic pain and limited mobility. More severe spinal injuries may result in partial or complete paralysis. Legal claims typically cover medical expenses, ongoing therapy, and lifestyle modifications necessary for recovery.

Broken bones and fractures

Broken bones and fractures are common in high-impact crashes. Teen drivers and passengers may suffer from broken arms, legs, ribs, or pelvis. These injuries can require surgeries, physical therapy, and time off from school or work.

Internal injuries

Internal injuries, such as damage to organs or internal bleeding, can be life-threatening and may not be immediately apparent after an accident. Prompt medical attention is crucial. Legal claims for internal injuries often include compensation for emergency medical care, surgeries, and long-term health monitoring.

Emotional and psychological trauma

Accidents involving teenage drivers can also lead to emotional and psychological trauma. Anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are common among those injured in these accidents.

Understanding these common injuries can help plaintiffs in Maryland seek the necessary legal and medical assistance after accidents involving teenage drivers.