We make use of our legs for almost every activity we carry out throughout the day. Walking from one place to another is something that we almost do automatically.
This can all change after a road traffic collision. During a crash, our legs are extremely vulnerable, especially during a frontal car accident. Studies indicate that over 30% of frontal car accidents result in some sort of leg injury. These range from minor to severe. Outlined below are some of the more debilitating leg injuries that can occur after a road traffic collision.
In a frontal collision, the legs are exposed. The engine can be pushed back towards the pedal area, and the area underneath the steering wheel can become boxed in. Crush injuries can consist of multiple bone fractures and internal bleeding in the legs. Often, the recovery period for such injuries is several months, and in the most severe cases, a limb may have to be amputated.
Soft tissue damage
Even when bones have not been fractured, leg injuries after a collision can still be severe. Severe bruising and tissue tears can be accompanied by nerve damage. The recovery period for soft tissue and nerve damage varies. In some cases, victims can be back on their feet after a few weeks. However, for more serious injuries, the recovery process can involve several months of intensive physical therapy. Nerve damage may also be permanent, making a full recovery very difficult to obtain.
Your legs are crucial not only to your enjoyment in life but also to your employment. If you have been injured due to another driver’s conduct, you need to explore your legal options in terms of pursuing compensation for your suffering.