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Broken Legs from Automobile Collisions

a person's broken leg elevated on a couch

You can suffer many injuries in a North Carolina car collision. From whiplash and concussions to lifelong paralysis, the aftermath can be painful and costly. Although the lower half of your body is more concealed when driving a vehicle, it’s just as susceptible to injury—and the recovery can be just as difficult, if not more.

Our legs are crucial for everyday movement, transportation, and—for many people—getting their job done. Remembering this if you suffered a leg injury from a car accident is important. The leg is a large body part of many areas, including your thighs, knees, ankles, and feet. These can be injured during a car accident in different ways.

The leg can break in several areas from a car accident. When a lot of force is applied to the leg during the accident, it can cause the bones to snap.

Common Fractures in Car Collisions

Three main areas in the leg can become fractured:

  1. Femur (thigh bone)
  2. Tibia (shinbone)
  3. Fibula (calf bone; runs along the other side of the tibia)

Broken femurs are especially common in car accidents because breaking the thigh bone takes a lot of force. Femur bone fractures can take many months to heal and have been associated with potentially life-threatening injuries, so you should get treatment for a broken femur as soon as possible.

How Serious Are These Injuries?

Your legs are your primary means of getting around, navigating stairs and terrain, and doing many things you do every day — from sports and exercise to hobbies to playing with young children.

As a result, any leg injury can be potentially life-changing. While not all leg injuries render you unable to walk, many do. And even those that don’t prevent walking may leave you with mobility issues or extreme pain daily.

Many common leg injuries get worse as you age or if you don’t get proper treatment. If you had a leg injury in a car accident, take it seriously from the start.

Compensation for Broken Legs

If you’ve suffered a broken leg in a North Carolina automobile collision caused by another driver’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation for the damages you’ve incurred. Maginnis Howard’s lead personal injury attorney, T. Shawn Howard, is experienced in handling complex cases, including those involving victims who have suffered broken legs due to the negligence of another North Carolina driver.

All personal injury matters are handled on a contingency basis – meaning that you do not pay any attorneys’ fee unless and until we make a recovery on your behalf. You can contact us at 919.526.0450. Visit our contact page to submit an email inquiry.