Writing a book, car accident injuries question

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@cooperlove:  Hi there. I’m a nurse, and I’ve spent a short time in the ER. I have some input for you.

1. If she has a seatbelt on, she wouldn’t be out of the car…I would think that her legs would be trapped under the dashboard, slumped over the airbag. The front of the car would be demolished.

2. She would sustain burns from the airbag, maybe burns from the engine igniting (if you choose to write that in), she would definitely have broken legs, lots of bruising and scratches, probably a broken arm or even a broken neck. She would definitely have neck pain, maybe even be paralyzed. She could have a brain injury.

3. Depending on the severity of the injuries you choose to write in, she would probably go to surgery to repair her legs (pin, screws, bars). She would definitely be in the ICU, especially if she goes unconscience, she would be intubated, which requires A LOT of support. Depending on how you want her to recover and her injuries, she could be in the hospital anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months (more if she’s paralyzed.) She will have to take time to walk again, maybe recover from a brain injury. If you choose to write in a brain injury, she will be on a ICP monitor. It measures the Intercranial Pressures.

If you have more questions or need me to elaborate, I’ll follow this topic, so just reply back.

What is the name of your book?? I’d love to read it!

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Well, I was hit from behind by a car going at around 50MPH (I was stationary) and I suffered no injuries besides a little whiplash.

My father had a head on collision at a similar speed (35-40) when he was younger, going over a hump-back bridge. He was in a mini. The other driver had a much larger car. 

The other car driver walked away with just a few bruises. His car was a write off.

My Dad’s airbag deployed with such ferocity that he broke his nose and suffered whiplash. The front of the mini was pushed forwards so that the engine ended up inside the passenger compartment. He struggled to free his legs, but ultimately only suffered bruising. He was fit enough to leave the car (which was obviously a wreck) and walk to a nearby house, where the farmer’s wife made him tea and tried to stem the bleeding from his nose, and the cuts in his head (caused by his broken windscreen). They were worried that he was concussed, but he turned out not to be.

That story happened in the 1970s, I think. 35-40 isn’t that fast, especially with today’s modern, safety conscious cars. I’d be surprised if she didn’t walk away with a few minor injuries. Now, to get the engine to ignite, you would have to be very unlucky indeed! I’ve seen motorway crashes at 80MPH plus where the engines don’t ignite… in fact, of all the crashes I’ve seen in person, I’ve only ever seen 2 where the engine ignited.

That said… what country is this in? Because of the MOT system in the UK, our cars tend to be super safe. I’ve driven down motorways so many times and seen multi-car pile ups. The cars are completely trashed, but everyone is OK… they’re all stood on the hard shoulder nursing bruises and cuts, waiting for the emergency services.

On the other hand, when I lived in Asia then I’d go past accidents and think “meh, only a small dent in the car… I’ve smashed mine up worse!” but then I’d see all the passengers being driven off with sheets over their faces. They have no MOTs there, and their cars become unsafe quickly as a result.

EDIT: Sudden thought… I think my Dad didn’t have an airbag, actually. I think he broke his nose when it impacted with the steering wheel. I’ll have to ask him. My airbag didn’t deploy during my accident either… although I did hurt my nose on the steering wheel as well. It also leaves you a bit stunned, when you smack your face like that.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

It happened to me last year. At that speed, the airbag never deployed. As the other car (a SUV) collided into my FI’s little car at the front (passenger side, which was me), I bumped my head against the door’s side. 

I was lucky I didn’t get a concusion. But I spend the afternoon in the ER to make sure my head was okay. I had physiotherapy after because obviously the muscle in my shoulder/neck/arm have suffered from the impact and it was sore for over a year.

I think to be that severely injured, you would have to bump front into something, at a faster speed than that. Plus if the airbag deployed, it often break the person’s nose. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@cooperlove:  You could go the opposite way and make things not as severe. If that’s the case, she might be in surgery for her legs, but other than that, she might be ok.

I only mention all the severities, because I’ve had patients with minor injuries from that type of crash, and I’ve had patients with SEVERE injuries from a similar crash. It depends on where the impact occurs on the car. She could have leg damage and have to spend some time on a regular Medical/Surgical floor getting some physical therapy for her broken leg(s).

 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

Just wanted to add that when I broke my collar bone (horseback riding accident) the doctor said that almost all collar bone breaks are caused by seat belts in car accidents. If you wanted her to have an injury that would require a sling or surgery, that would be a good one because after the initial surgery to fix the bone, there isn’t really any life long problems. For reference: I broke mine and had to have a screw put in and it was there for 3 months and then taken out. First surgery I stayed overnight in the hospital, second one was a quick in-and-out thing.

ETA: I also did 3 weeks of physical therapy during the 3 months that the screw was in

 

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Yeah, I think you should make the impact speed faster, and have the airbag deploying, breaking her nose and giving her a concussion which requires being kept in for observation/ knocking her unconscious. If you want to make it really severe, you could even give her a possible skull fracture which means she has to spend a few days in hospital. All of this is possible from a violent head on collision.

Collarbone break is another very realistic possibility.

But a brand new BMW with modern safety features? You would have to push that impact speed up to obtain injuries which would keep her in hospital for 10 days, unless she was really unlucky.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I was in a car accident where I rear ended a work truck in my much small Gallant. I must have been going 40-50 MPH and he cut me off and totally stopped in front of me. My airbag deployed, but I was aware of what happened. My door was stuck so I had to crawl across to the other side. My front end was totaled, his work equipment was in my hood/engine. His car was fine. I had a lot of bruising on my knees from when they hit the underside of the steering wheel, I had a small burn on my face from the airbag and was extremely sore. Worst day of my life.

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