Chest injuries are some of the most dangerous injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents. Chest injuries can be fatal. Death can occur immediately or shortly after a car accident. Most frightening are heart injuries that can go undetected when there are no external signs of injury, and often occur in low-speed crashes with airbag deployment. If you or someone you love has suffered chest injuries in a motor vehicle accident in Los Angeles or anywhere in Southern California, our auto accident attorneys can help.
Causes of Chest Injuries in Motor Vehicle Accidents
Common causes of chest injuries in motor vehicle accidents include:
- Seat belt
- Steering wheel
Chest Injuries Caused by Airbags
Airbags can cause serious chest injuries, even when they perform normally. A defective airbag that deploys when there is no accident can cause chest injuries that would not have otherwise occurred. Likewise, a defective airbag that shoots shrapnel into the vehicle can cause penetrating injuries to the chest.
Chest injuries caused by airbags can include:
- Bruised ribs
- Rib fracture
- Bruised sternum
- Sternum fracture
- Bruised heart
- Ruptured aorta
- Heart attack
- Cuts and punctures of the heart and surrounding membranes
- Bruised lungs
- Severe bruising inside the chest cavity
Although airbags can protect you from more serious injuries, some airbag chest injuries are fatal.
To find out how Sheridan & Rund PC, can help you and your family when you have suffered a chest injury following a car accident in the Los Angeles area, please call us at 888-640-6789 or contact us online today.