Amputations from serious highway collisions
The loss of a limb (arm or leg) or a digit (finger or toe) in a car accident is known as an “amputation” or “traumatic amputation.” Amputation is less common than some car accident injuries, but when this disfiguring injury happens, it creates a lifelong disability for those who survive.
A traumatic amputation that occurs during a car accident can quickly and easily be complicated by profuse bleeding, which may lead to shock or infection, either of which is potentially life-threatening.
One of the most devastating and long-term injuries that a car accident victim can suffer is an amputation of a body part. It can impact many areas of a person’s life and may prevent him from working in his former profession.
Types of car accidents
There are two types of amputations caused in a car accident.
A traumatic amputation occurs when a body part, such as a leg, arm, toe, or finger, is severed from the body in the accident itself.
Another type of amputation is a surgical amputation, which occurs when a body part is so crushed and damaged in the wreck that it has to be surgically removed, sometimes to save the victim’s life.
While any type of car accident can lead to an amputation, they are more likely in these types of collisions:
- Rollover car accidents
- Head-on collisions
- T-bone accidents