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How Car Accidents Lead to Injuries Caused by Broken Glass


In a car crash, danger lurks in places you’d least expect, and one risk people often overlook is injuries from broken glass. Broken glass injuries can cause severe harm and are sometimes fatal, making it crucial to understand how these injuries happen.

How Broken Glass Causes Injuries in Car Crashes

When two vehicles collide, the force of the impact can shatter windows and windshields, turning glass into airborne projectiles. This broken glass can cause injuries in several ways:

  • Impact: At high speeds, the force of a collision can propel shards of glass toward a vehicle’s occupants. Despite their size, these tiny shards carry significant momentum, which can lead to injuries.
  • Fragmentation: In an accident, the tempered glass used to make side and rear windows shatters into tiny, pebble-like pieces, which can spray across the car’s interior.
  • Penetration: A car’s windshield, which is typically made of laminated glass, can crack into large, sharp pieces during a crash. These shards can penetrate the skin and cause lacerations.
  • Ejection: In severe crashes, there is sometimes enough force to send passengers flying into or even through a window or windshield, leading to contact with broken glass and subsequent injuries. Ejection injuries are more likely when drivers and passengers don’t wear their seatbelts.
  • Secondary injuries: After an accident, attempting to exit a vehicle amidst shards of broken glass can lead to cuts and lacerations.

Common Car Accident Injuries from Broken Glass

Car accidents involving broken glass can result in a variety of injuries, some of which are not always immediately apparent. Some of the most common car accident injuries from broken glass include:

  • Cuts and Lacerations: These are the most common injuries from broken glass. While some are minor, others can be bone-deep and require medical attention.
  • Eye Injuries: Fragments of glass can damage the eyes, leading to severe complications, including vision loss.
  • Facial Injuries: Shattered glass often leads to facial cuts and scrapes. These can result in scarring, which might require reconstructive surgery.
  • Infection: If broken glass penetrates the skin, there’s a risk of infection, especially if the wound isn’t cleaned and treated promptly and correctly.
  • Psychological Trauma: While not a physical injury, it’s important to acknowledge the mental toll car accidents and subsequent injuries can have. The distress from experiencing a car accident and sustaining injuries from broken glass can result in psychological trauma.

How We Can Help You Recover Compensation for Broken Glass Injuries

When you suffer broken glass injuries in a car accident, the team at Wagner Zemming Christensen, LLP, can shoulder the legal burden, allowing you to focus on your health. Here’s how we can assist you in recovering compensation for your injuries:

  • Case Evaluation: Our legal team will thoroughly review your case to establish the extent of your injuries and determine the compensation you deserve.
  • Evidence Collection: We can gather all the necessary evidence, such as your medical records, accident reports, and witness testimony, to build a strong case on your behalf.
  • Claim Filing: We meticulously prepare and review your claim before filing it, which helps ensure all the relevant details and evidence are accurately presented.
  • Negotiation: Our seasoned negotiators will fight on your behalf, working relentlessly to secure the maximum compensation you deserve from the insurance companies.
  • Litigation: Our experienced trial lawyers are ready and equipped to represent your interests if your case goes to trial. We know how to present your case in the best possible light to help you receive the compensation you deserve.

At Wagner Zemming Christensen, LLP, we believe in your right to obtain full compensation after an accident caused by someone else. We’ll fight tirelessly to secure this for you, providing experience, compassion, and dedication every step of the way. Call (951) 686-4800 or complete our contact form for a free initial consultation with a Riverside car accident lawyer today.

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