You may have been thankful that your life was saved by a seat belt after suffering a car accident on I-287. However, you are still in considerable pain—and while you are grateful for every single day that passes, you may never fully recover from the hip injury you suffered.

Seat Belts Don’t Protect Drivers From Hip and Leg Injury

It may surprise you to hear that your story is a common one. The truth is that many people who experience a front-end or offset car accident in Morristown suffer injuries to the lower extremities, some of whom are permanently disabled as a result.

According to a recent report, lower extremity injuries—such as those to the hip, pelvis, thigh bone, and lower leg—are the most frequent injuries in frontal crashes. In fact, up to 36 percent of all serious injuries sustained by drivers and front seat passengers include damage to the lower extremities. 

Here are a few reasons why New Jersey drivers are more likely to suffer a lower-limb injury:

  • Seat belts don’t make a difference. While a seat belt will restrain your head and torso in a crash, your legs remain free. Nearly 70 percent of lower-limb injuries occur below the knee, usually due to feet and ankles becoming trapped in the foot well.
  • Angle of impact. In a frontal crash, a driver’s legs swing forward upon impact, and are likely to make contact with the dashboard or steering wheel. In sidelong or T-bone crashes, the driver’s and passenger’s legs travel sideways, and are more likely to stay within the confines of the seat.
  • Younger drivers. As with most car accident injuries, the risks of knee, thigh, and hip injuries are greater for younger drivers and passengers. Motorists between the ages of 16 and 50 are more likely to sustain lower extremity damage, with the risk even greater for female occupants.

Lower Extremity Injuries Often Have Lifelong Effects

While these injures may not be fatal, they do represent a considerable loss to a patient’s life. Lower extremity injuries require longer hospitalization periods than most musculoskeletal injuries, have extended recovery times, and often result in long-term disability. Victims may have functional limitations that prevent them from working, as well as taking on the burden of some of the most cost-intensive injuries of all accident victims.

If you of someone you love is unable to walk after a car accident, click the live chat link at the bottom of this page to find out what they could be owed. Your contact with us is free, and you won’t have to pay anything for our legal services unless we win your case.

Manfred Ricciardelli
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