Common Rideshare Injuries in New Jersey
Sadly, Uber and Lyft vehicles are not exempt from traffic accidents and their resulting injuries. Drivers and passengers in personal cars and rideshare vehicles may suffer serious injuries following a crash involving a Lyft or Uber driver.
Below are some typical injuries reported by victims of a rideshare accident in New Jersey.
Neck Injuries, Back Injuries, and Whiplash
If the car you are traveling in is rear-ended or involved in another kind of accident causing your head to move abruptly, you may suffer whiplash or other injuries to your neck. Whiplash can be a serious and debilitating injury, damaging muscles and ligaments in your neck and your spinal discs. It may also cause memory loss and ongoing pain.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
If your head hits a window, seat, dashboard, or another solid surface in a New Jersey Uber/Lyft accident, you may suffer a traumatic brain injury, which is any injury resulting in bruising, bleeding, or tearing of the brain. The extent of these injuries can vary, and serious TBIs may result in mental impairment and other ongoing issues.
In some rideshare accidents, passengers may suffer severe burns due to fires or hot vehicle components. Burn can inflict serious pain and discomfort, and in the worst cases, they may even damage deep tissues that may require surgery and may end in scarring, disfigurement, and restricted movement. Also, inhaling smoke from a fire following a car crash can end in long-term lung damage.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is an important connection between the brain and the entire body. When a New Jersey rideshare crash results in a spinal cord injury, the victim may suffer from incurable paralysis. Spinal cord injuries can range in severity depending on the part of the body where the damage takes place on the spinal cord and if the cord was completely or partially severed.
Broken Bones and Joint Damage
The brutal impact of an auto accident can apply the required force to break bones in nearly any area of the body, Joints such as knees, hips, shoulders, wrists, and ankles are at risk of injury in the event of a crash. Damage to ligaments, tendons, muscles, and other soft tissue can inflict severe pain and incompetence.