Montana residents may be interested in learning more about recent data collected regarding car accidents and visits to the emergency room. Data published by the federal government states that during 2012, over 2.5 million people were brought to the emergency room for injuries suffered in a car crash. The total equates to a rate of almost 7,000 inured accident victims attending the emergency room every day. Almost 200,000 of these people suffered injuries that required an extended stay at the hospital.
Every year, many people cause car accidents by driving while they are tired. Some fall asleep behind the wheel and either run off the road or drift into other lanes of traffic. In many cases, drowsy driving accidents occur on high-speed roads, making them especially catastrophic.
Hundreds of thousands of people suffer from spinal cord injuries around the world every year, and one of the most common causes is a motor vehicle accident. It might be important for family members of Montana victims who suffer from this type of injury to understand how it happens and the symptoms and risks involved.
As some Montana residents may know, fractures of the sternum commonly occur in a motor vehicle accident. Sternal fractures are fractures of the flat bone of the chest. This bone protects the heart, lungs and aorta. The symptoms can include chest pain, soreness, bruising, difficulty breathing and pain when taking a deep breath, coughing, sneezing or laughing. Muscle spasms may ensue after a sternal fracture and the rib area may appear deformed. Sometimes, there is a grinding or crunching sound at the injury site.
When a car crash occurs in the state of Montana, the driver who did not cause the crash may be eligible to seek compensation. However, they must be able to prove to either their insurance company or the responsible driver's insurance company that they did not cause the accident. There are several pieces of information that may help strengthen the injured person's case.
Montana residents who suffer broken shoulder bones in car accidents often have trouble performing basic tasks while they recover from their injuries. Shoulder fractures may keep accident victims from returning to work, particularly if their occupation requires a great deal of physical activity.
Montana residents may know that traumatic events may cause varying degrees of anxiety. Some individuals may experience continuing anxiety long after the event is over that interferes with their daily life. This is referred to as post-traumatic stress disorder. There are steps that may be taken to reduce the severity of the symptoms including medical and psychological assistance.
Local news agencies report that a two-vehicle head-on collision in Kalispell at around 11:45 a.m. on Nov. 18 left both drivers with various injuries. Firefighters extricated both parties from their vehicles, and ambulances transported them to Kalispell Regional Medical Center with injuries of a non-life threatening-nature.
Persons who are involved in a rollover collision are 30 times more likely to die as a result than those involved in other types of motor vehicle accidents. Certain types of vehicles, including SUVs, vans and trucks have a higher likelihood of rolling over due to having higher centers of gravity, but any vehicle can potentially have a rollover accident.
On Oct. 31, Montana Highway Patrol conducted a total station investigation to look into the details of a fatal accident that took place along U.S. 93 the previous day. According to one of the troopers, a total station investigation is a survey of an accident scene used to create a two-scale diagram. While the investigation was underway, the roadway near the scene of the wreck was shut down.