Car accidents are one of the leading causes of Emergency Department visits and hospitalizations in the United States, with Americans spending over 1 million days in the hospital each year from accident-related injuries. According to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2012, over 2.5 million people in the US went to the Emergency Room, and approximately 200,000 required hospitalization for crash injuries.
Car Accident Hospitalization Statistics
Unfortunately, car accidents and hospitalizations often go hand in hand, and the medical costs associated with these injuries can haunt accident victims for the rest of their lives. Here are a few sobering facts about car accidents, and their associated costs.
- Crash-related ER visits cost an average of about $3,300 and each hospitalization costs approximately $57,000 over the course of a lifetime.
- Over 75% of accident injury costs take place during the first 18 months following the accident.
- 15-29 year olds are at particularly high risk for auto accident crash injuries, accounting for roughly 1 million injuries in 2012 (38% of all accident injuries).
- 1/3 of adults over 80 who were injured in auto accidents required hospitalization – the most of any age group.
- There were around 400,000 fewer Emergency Room visits and 5,700 fewer hospitalizations from motor vehicle crash injuries in 2012 compared to 2002.
Most Common Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents can cause an array of injuries, both minor and major. The injuries which cause the majority of auto accident related hospitalizations include:
- Head Injuries
- Broken Ribs
- Other Broken Bones
- Internal Bleeding
- Herniated Discs
- Knee Trauma
- Deep Lacerations
What Should I Do If I Have Been Hospitalized Because Of A Car Accident?
Listen To Your Doctor’s Advice
Listening to your physician’s advice after sustaining injuries in an automobile crash is of the utmost importance. Not only will listening to their advice help your body heal as quickly as possible, but it’s also important from a legal standpoint. Not following the doctor’s instructions can hurt your claim against the at-fault driver. Oftentimes, failure to comply with medical recommendations can lead to more severe injuries and prolong the healing process.
Document Your Injuries
If you are injured in an accident through no fault of your own, it is entirely possible that you will be able to seek compensation from the at-fault party. If you decide to go this route, it is imperative that you document your injuries thoroughly, not only by communicating them to your physician, but also by taking photos of any injuries you may have incurred (bruising, scarring, stitches, swelling, and other physical injuries). Photographs can be very useful when trying to win a settlement with the at-fault party.
Keep a File of All Important Documents
If you had to visit the Emergency Room or have an extended hospital stay because of an automobile crash, it is imperative that you keep detailed records surrounding the accident as soon as you are able. Write down the names of the involved insurance companies, claim numbers, adjuster information, and receipts for out of pocket expenses like prescription costs, and other medical treatments. This information will come in handy in a courtroom scenario.
Consult a Car Accident Lawyer
After an auto accident, acquiring the help of skilled legal counsel is one of the most important things you can do. An experienced personal injury lawyer has the ability to evaluate your claim and help you with your case, every step of the way.
An auto injury lawyer will be able to identify the strengths of your case, make sure all proper legal procedures are followed, hire the required experts to prove your damages, and negotiate for all elements of compensation to which you may be entitled.
This is a guest post, written by Daytona Beach Criminal Defense Attorney Aaron Delgado, of the Daytona Personal Injury law firm Aaron Delgado & Associates. You may contact Aaron if you have been injured in a car accident at 386-222-6677. Offices Daytona Beach and DeLand, Florida.