Car accidents happen all the time. No matter how safe of a driver you are, there are always other motorists out there on the roads and highways of New Jersey who drive recklessly and dangerously. Sometimes, the collisions during car accidents can be so extreme and so violent that people are seriously injured. Sometimes there are even fatalities. One of the major injuries that can happen in a bad car accident is someone injuring their eyes and losing their vision. Loss of vision from personal injury sustained in a car accident can be one of the most life-changing types of injuries one can suffer. Many car accident injuries are very serious, requiring multiple surgeries. However, in most of these situations, the injuries heal to the point at which people’s lives return to somewhat normal. It may take a long time, a year even, but their lives go back to some form of normal. But this does not happen with loss of vision injuries. These types of injuries can completely turn your life and the lives of your family members upside down.
The ability to see is one of those things that most people take for granted until it is taken away by injuries sustained in a car accident. Having your vision affected from a collision can cause significant negative effects in your life. It can cause you to not be able to work and to pay your bills, pay the mortgage, and put food on your family’s table. It is even worse when the loss of sight and the significant changes to your life were caused by the negligence of another driver. This discussion reviews the most common types of eye injuries and loss of vision injuries that can be caused in car collisions or truck accidents.
Car Accident Vision Loss
There are many things that can happen during a violent car accident that could cause someone to lose vision. It could be a direct injury or the eyes, or another injury that affects the ability to see. Here are the common causes of eye injuries that often occur.
Eye Injuries Caused by Airbags Are Common
If you have ever been involved in a head-on or rear-end car accident in which your vehicle’s airbags engaged, you will understand that it is an extreme event. Airbags deploy with gases in a fraction of a second. The airbag is almost instantly filled with nitrogen gas and other chemicals, all triggered through electronic sensors that, once triggered from the impact from an accident, activates the explosion device to fill the airbag. The average airbag deploys at a speed of up to 186 miles an hour and is filled within about 0.03 seconds. This means that the airbags are coming at your face with significant speed and force, all while your face is heading toward the airbags with significant force from the vehicle impact. When the two collide, there could be injuries. It is important to remember that airbags are not bad or unsafe. Actually, the use of airbags has saved millions of lives and prevented countless injuries since they have been widely used in the automobile industry. But even though they have been very helpful in preventing more serious injuries, airbags can cause injuries during accidents, such as burns to the skin, muscle damage in the neck, facial fractures, and vision issues.
Vision Problems Caused by Traumatic Brain Injuries
One of the major types of debilitating injuries that can happen in car accidents are traumatic brain injuries (TBI). TBIs can cause a myriad of symptoms, from memory loss, seizures, personality changes, dizziness, nausea, tinnitus, headaches, and even vision loss. If you have suffered a major TBI involving a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain, or swelling of the brain, one of the common secondary symptoms to those injuries is the effect it could have on your vision. Here are some of the vision symptoms that occurs with eye injuries or vision problems from car accidents:
- Double vision
- Blurry vision
- Subconjunctival hemorrhage
- Damage to the cornea such as corneal abrasions and corneal lacerations
- Loss of visual acuity
- Field loss
- Binocular dysfunction
- Spatial perceptual deficits
- Damaged peripheral vision
- Loss of vision
These are just a handful of eye injuries and vision issues that could be caused by a violent car crash or truck accident. There are many other injuries and also many variations or levels of vision impairment and loss that people in car accidents experience.
Globe Ruptures and Orbital Fractures
Globe ruptures and orbital fractures can cause someone in a car accident to lose their eye completely. A globe rupture can be caused by pressure in the eyeball as well as direct trauma to the eye. With a complete loss of the eye, not only do you lose vision, but also there could be disfigurement of the face, especially if there were serious fractures and damage to the orbital bones around the eye. Many of these injuries can be repaired through plastic surgery and reconstruction of the facial bones. Also, there are eye prosthetics that can be used.
The orbital bone around the eye socket is one of the strongest bones in the body. It takes a significant amount of force to fracture these bones. One common injury to the eyeball is when a sufficient amount of force has fractured the orbital bone structure and pieces of the fractured bone go into the eyeball, damaging it.
What to Do after an Eye Injury in a Car Accident?
One of the most important things to do after suffering from any injury in a car accident is to seek medical treatment, but this is especially important if you are suffering from vision issues. Many people, especially men, often think that they are not that injured after a car accident and refuse to seek medical treatment. They may have miscellaneous symptoms of sore muscles, a headache, tiredness, and blurry vision. But they also think they will be fine in a few days and refuse to seek medical care. This is a big mistake. Many of these types of symptoms could be indicative of something more severe. The sooner you are seen by a doctor, the sooner a diagnosis can be made. The above-listed symptoms could easily be caused by a closed head injury in which there was a TBI that caused a fractured skull, brain bleeding, and swelling of the brain. If not treated immediately, it could lead to serious, permanent conditions such as permanent vision problems and even death.
Another benefit for seeking medical treatment immediately is that it will help your case against the negligent and careless driver who caused the accident. Immediate medical treatment will help support the claim that you have been seriously injured. Without immediate treatment, the automobile insurance company can argue that you must not have been that badly injured, when in fact you did sustain significant injuries.
Monmouth County Car Accident Lawyers at Ellis Law Fight for the Rights of Clients Seriously Injured in Car Accidents
Suffering an eye injury that causes vision loss in a car accident is one type of trauma that would completely change your life. If this has happened to you or a family member, you need to have a strong and experienced legal team on your side. The Monmouth County car accident lawyers at Ellis Law have the knowledge, skills, and resources to take on the big automobile insurance companies and fight for your right to be fully and fairly compensated for your eye injuries. For a free, confidential consultation, call us at 732-308-0200 or complete our online form. We are located in Freehold, New Jersey, and help clients throughout East Brunswick, Toms River, Middletown, Jersey City, Neptune, Hudson County, Union County, Essex County, Monmouth County, Marlboro, and Ocean County, as well as Brooklyn, New York, and New York City.