When you or a loved one suffers a spinal cord injury in a car crash, it probably doesn’t matter a great deal to you how it happened. You are focused on recovery and facing a future of permanent impairment. However, when it’s time to look into seeking a recovery for an accident that was not your fault, how the injury occurred could become very important.
Your Spinal Cord Is Vulnerable in a Crash
While it may seem obvious that traumatic injuries are a likely outcome of high-speed, violent crashes, spinal cord damage can also be caused by less dramatic accidents. The following are examples of accidents and failures that could lead to a spinal cord injury:
- Rollovers. Most common in SUVs with a high center of gravity, rollovers are the likeliest cause of spinal cord injury in car accident victims. If the roof collapses, it can come in contact with the occupants’ head, neck, and spine even if they are wearing their seatbelts.
- Seatbelt failures. Faulty seatbelt design can lead to seatbelts that rip apart, don’t fit tightly enough, or unlatch during impact. If this happens, the occupant can be thrown about the car, or even out of the vehicle, where the impact can damage the spine.
- Power windows. Power windows do not retract when they come in contact with an object. As a result, young children suffer serious neck injuries every year by being caught in a closing window.
- Seat back collapse. A faulty seat back can collapse on impact, either causing the occupant to be thrown from the vehicle or crushing the occupant’s back as it collapses.
- Suspension defects. Suspension defects can affect the steering, causing the driver to lose control and crash.
- Tire tread separation. When tire treads separate unexpectedly, the driver can lose control of the car.