Car accidents can cause a wide range of injuries. The forces your body experiences during a collision can break your bones, tear your soft tissues, and rupture your organs.
Car accident neck injury statistics in Florida suggest that these types of injuries are common.
If you suffered a significant neck injury in a car crash in Miami, FL, Shaked Law Personal Injury Lawyers can help. We’ll outline your options for pursuing compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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How Our Miami Car Accident Attorneys Can Help You Recover Compensation for Neck Injuries
Shaked Law Personal Injury Lawyers has been advocating for the rights of Miami, Florida accident victims since 2007. Since opening our doors, we have won or settled cases worth hundreds of millions of dollars for our injured clients.
If you suffer an injury, our Miami car accident lawyers can provide the following:
- A free initial consultation to learn about your collision and explain your legal rights
- A team with over a century of combined experience in dealing with at-fault drivers and insurers
- A board-certified lawyer prepared to take your case to court to get fair compensation
Injuries from a car accident can affect your health and finances for the rest of your life. Contact Shaked Law Personal Injury Lawyers for a free consultation to discuss your car crash and the neck injuries you suffered.
How Many Car Crash Injuries Happen in Miami, FL?
According to the Florida Crash Facts Report, 936,262 motorists were involved in accidents involving cars, commercial trucks, and motorcycles in 2021. This number excludes people injured in bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents.
The motorists involved in crashes included 683,869 drivers and 252,393 passengers.
These accident victims experienced:
- 2,691 fatal injuries
- 14,593 incapacitating injuries that required an ambulance
- 67,261 non-incapacitating injuries that left a visible wound
- 157,187 possible injuries that caused symptoms but no visible wounds
The remaining accident victims did not report any injuries or symptoms.
Common Neck Injuries Sustained in Florida Car Accidents
Neck injuries can happen in a range of severities. Minor neck injuries, such as strained neck muscles or sprained spine tendons, might produce discomfort and stiffness for a few weeks. Severe neck injuries, like herniated discs and fractured vertebrae, can produce chronic pain and even paralysis that can last the rest of your life.
Florida does not release statistics about neck injuries suffered in car accidents. But studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) can provide some insight into how many neck injuries happen.
According to the NHTSA, your risk of a neck injury depends on the type of accident you suffer.
Rollover crashes have a high risk of producing a neck injury. This makes sense because, in a rollover accident, your head could strike the vehicle’s roof.
The impact could compress your neck and cause injuries like:
- Bulging or herniated discs
- Fractured vertebrae
- Strained neck muscles or tendons
- Sprained spine ligaments
Worse yet, you could get ejected from your vehicle in a rollover accident, producing neck, head, and back injuries.
According to the NHTSA, between 1% and 2% of rollover victims suffer severe neck injuries.
Rear-End and Front-End Crashes
Rear-end and front-end crashes produce similar neck injuries. When the front or rear of your car gets hit, your body and head whip back and forth. Your neck gets stressed while trying to keep your head and body together.
The stresses on your neck can be significant. Your head weighs roughly 11 pounds, and it can pull your neck with enough force to tear the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your neck. Doctors refer to the injuries resulting from these forces as whiplash.
Front and rear-end collisions also have a 1% to 3% chance of producing minor neck injuries but rarely cause severe neck injuries.
Side-impact crashes injure the neck but for different reasons than rollover, rear-end, and front-end crashes. When your vehicle gets hit from the side, your head pulls your neck to the side.
This unnatural hyperextension of your neck can stretch or tear the muscles and tendons.
As a result, side-impact crashes have a 1% to 3% risk of producing minor neck injuries but a very low chance of causing severe neck injuries.
Applying the Statistics To Florida Crashes
If you apply the statistics from the NHTSA study to the Florida crash statistics, you can estimate the following:
- Between 173 and 345 people suffered fatal or incapacitating injuries
- Between 2,244 and 6,733 people suffered non-incapacitating or possible injuries
Keep in mind that the NHTSA study and Florida’s Crash Facts only include injuries reported by accident victims. In many cases, accident victims might not report minor pain, swelling, and stiffness. Thus, these numbers may underestimate the true neck injury statistics.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Miami Car Accident Lawyers To Discuss Your Neck Injuries
Car accidents in Florida can cause many types of injuries, including neck injuries. If you suffered a neck injury, contact Shaked Law Personal Injury Lawyers at (305) 937-0191 to discuss your car crash and the compensation you can pursue.