Car Accidents and Eye Injuries
West Virginia roadways, such as I-79, I-77, Route 50, Route 33 and I-68, are the site of more than 40,000 car crashes each year. According to recent statistics, there were more than 300 deaths in the state in 2010 and thousands of serious injuries, many of which were eye injuries.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Society of Ocular Trauma (ASOT), car accidents account for approximately 11.4 percent of all eye injuries nationwide, with 5 percent of those directly related to air bag deployments.
Air Bag Deployment and Related Car Accident Injuries
Air bags generally inflate at a speed of more than 100 mph, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This considerable force can easily cause injuries to drivers and their passengers.
Although most air bag contact injuries involve minor abrasions or burns, serious or even fatal injuries may occur. Individuals are most likely to be seriously injured or killed by a deploying air bag if either sitting too close to the air bag module when it deploys or riding unrestrained or improperly restrained.
Treatment of Eye Injuries
If you have suffered an eye injury following a car accident in Harrison County be sure to see a licensed medical doctor, preferably an eye specialist (ophthalmologist). This is extremely important, even if it seems as if your injury is minor.
Eyes are very sensitive. Permanent damage or blindness can occur if the injury is not taken care of right away and worsens.
Precautions When Dealing With an Eye Injury
Whether your eye was injured from an air bag deployment, flying debris or other accident-related cause, there are few precautions you should take while you await medical treatment:
- be sure to not apply pressure, rub or touch the eye;
- try not to remove any object or debris stuck in the eye; and
- never apply medication or ointment to the eye.
After you seek treatment, speak with a Clarksburg car accident lawyer, who can explain your legal options for recovering damages. You may be entitled to medical expenses and other damages directly related to your accident.
Contact a West Virginia Personal Injury Attorney
No one should have to handle a car accident in Harrison County alone. A Clarksburg car accident lawyer may be able to help. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a West Virginia car accident, order a FREE copy of our consumer guide, The 7 Biggest Mistakes that Can Wreck Your West Virginia Car Accident Claim then contact the Clarksburg personal injury attorneys at The Miley Legal Group for a FREE consultation – 304-326-1800.