Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries Caused by an Albuquerque Motor Vehicle Accident

- Mark Caruso

Albuquerque Motor Vehicle Accidents Causing Spinal Cord Injuries

According to research, every year about 12,000 people sustain a spinal cord injury, which is almost 33 new injuries every day.  A large majority of these injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents.  Many of these accidents occur in Albuquerque, particularly on many of the interstates and highways going through New Mexico.  And a large number these Albuquerque motor vehicle accidents causing spinal cord injuries involve tractor trailer trucks collisions.

The costs of medical treatment and care for a spinal cord injury can be significant.  Whereas the spinal cord injury itself can be absolutely debilitating, crippling, and cause excruciating pain and suffering.  The experienced Albuquerque motor vehicle accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices understand this, and fight for you to help ease the financial and physical burdens caused by a spinal cord injury.  If you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury due to a motor vehicle accident, call us today by dialing (505) 384-6312.

Understanding the Spinal Cord and Injuries to the Spinal Cord 

The spinal cord is 18 inches long and is encased in the numerous vertebrae going up and down the back.  All of the vertebrae function to protect the spinal cord from damage.  Nerves branch off the spinal cord and out the individual vertebra to other parts of the body.  Some of these nerves are motor nerves and control movement, whereas other nerves pertain to sensation.

While each vertebra is very strong, the spinal cord inside can still be injured.  When the spinal cord is injured, it may no longer send signals between the brain and the nerves that branch out of the vertebrae.  Thus, a spinal cord injury is damage done to the spinal cord which results in a loss of function or feeling.  This loss of feeling can be partial or full, and it can be temporary or permanent.

Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries in Albuquerque Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents are common causes of spinal cord injuries because of the momentum generated by motor vehicles.  The type of the collision can also cause the forces of a motor vehicle accident to affect the body different.  Some common causes of serious spinal cord injuries in motor vehicle accidents include the following:

  • Rollover accidents;
  • T-bone collisions;
  • Seatbelt failures;
  • Rollover accidents;
  • Head-on crashes;
  • Left hand turn accidents;
  • Rear-end collisions;
  • Seat back collapse;
  • Side swipe accidents;
  • Tire tread separations or failures; and
  • Other serious types of motor vehicle collisions.

Spinal Cord Injuries are Expensive and You Need to Protect You Rights

When the victim of an Albuquerque motor vehicle accident suffers a spinal cord injury, the treatment and care can be very expensive and create a heavy financial burden on a family.  Many surgeries may be required, extensive physical therapy may be necessary, and the necessary medical equipment can be very expensive.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an Albuquerque motor vehicle accident and suffered a spinal cord injury, call the experienced Albuquerque car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 384-6322  You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.