Crash victims can suffer severe and sometimes fatal injuries from broken glass
Any kind of car accident - including rollovers, head-on collisions, rear-end collisions, and pileups - can result in broken glass injuries.
During a crash, sharp glass fragments can cut or puncture various bodily parts, inflicting injury. Likewise, after an accident, people can get hurt by broken glass. For instance, a crash victim may grip the shattered pieces of a door window while pulling themselves out of the rubble, resulting in serious cuts to their hands.
In South Carolina, consulting an attorney is one of the best ways to know whether a settlement offer for broken glass injuries is less than you deserve. Johnson + Johnson Attorneys at Law is a trusted Lexington, SC, personal injury law firm that offers free case evaluations to crash victims. If you were injured in a crash, contact us today to see how we can help you.
Car accident glass injuries
A variety of injuries, including deep cuts and lacerations, internal bleeding, nerve damage, and even limb loss, can result from shattered glass from a car windshield, window, or an item in the vehicle's cab. Here are some common broken glass injuries related to motor vehicle collisions:
- Eye injuries. Glass fragments of any size could lodge in an accident victim's eyes. Infections and other consequences, such as vision loss and even blindness, can result from this.
- Lacerations. Skin tears and cuts, often known as lacerations, can range in severity from superficial abrasions to serious wounds. Deep wounds can sever subcutaneous tissue, the skin's innermost layer, as well as muscles, ligaments, tendons, or nerves.
- Skull penetration. A broken piece of glass expelled with enough force can penetrate the skull bone. The puncture or fracture could turn into a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
- Amputation. A piece of glass can sever an artery, necessitating the amputation of a damaged arm or leg. Also, glass cuts may develop illnesses like tetanus and MRSA, which in extreme cases, may require amputation.
In extreme cases, glass injuries can be fatal due to blood loss, infection, or other circumstances.
Car accidents most likely to cause glass injuries
Glass injuries can be sustained in any type of traffic crash but are often closely related to ejection accidents. This happens when the force of impact in a crash throws an occupant(s) from a vehicle. Often, the victim is ejected through the glass of the windshield.
Seatbelts help prevent ejection. In the South, about 90 percent of drivers regularly use their seatbelts. It is always a good idea to buckle up. However, whether a seatbelt was worn or not in a crash, victims can still seek compensation for their injuries.
Glass injuries are also common in rollover accidents. When a vehicle rolls, damage can be done to the windshield and side windows. Shattered and flying bits of broken glass are a major risk to occupants in a rollover accident.
Car accident glass injuries are serious
Insurance companies will do just about anything to justify denying a claim or reducing a settlement. They tend to minimize severe broken glass injuries by calling them "cosmetic" or "minor."
To get the money they deserve and to avoid accepting a lowball settlement, many injured crash victims in South Carolina turn to Johnson + Johnson for a free case consultation.
Crash victims only have one chance to collect the full amount of compensation they are entitled to. We can help. Call Johnson + Johnson Attorneys at Law. While you concentrate on getting better, our team can take on the insurance company and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Do not delay. A statute of limitations applies to South Carolina car accident claims and lawsuits. If you were injured or a loved one died in a South Carolina crash due to negligence, contact Johnson + Johnson today to schedule your free case consultation.