Injuries Involving Auto Glass
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As far back as the 1920’s auto manufacturers have used laminated glass. Before laminated windshields, any car accident would surely result in shattered glass flying in every direction. The number or serious injuries from auto glass have decreased significantly since the invention of lamination. Coupled with other safety inventions like the seatbelt, safety glass has made driving safer.
However, not all of the glass used in cars has lamination. The side windows of most cars are made with tempered glass. Tempered glass is produced by heating glass to 1,100 degrees. This heat treating makes your windows harder to break This type of glass is also called safety glass. Safety glass is made to shatter into small pieces and not large jagged pieces.
Even with all of these safety precautions minor cuts and scrapes still occur.
Common Car Accident Injuries
The most common injury that occurs during a car accident is cuts and scrapes. Cuts and scrapes can happen if you hit any glass in the car while it is still intact and go through it. Loose objects in the car are another common cause of cuts and scrapes.
More serious head injuries are also common. These types of injuries often occur when your head hits the windshield of your car. They can range from mild injuries to severe.
What Should You Do After a Car Accident?
There are a few simple steps that you should take after an accident.
- Make sure everyone is ok.
- Get yourself (and car if possible) to a safe place.
- Call 911.
- Collect the other driver’s information.
- Ask for a copy of the Police report.
If the car accident was not your fault, you may want to consider contacting a personal injury attorney. A lawyer will be able to guide you in the right direction and help you get the compensation you deserve. Even if the other driver seems to be cooperative on the scene, there is never a guarantee that they will stay that way. This is true for all accidents. Even those who ride in taxis or with ride share drivers such as Uber or Lyft may want to examine the possibility of hiring a Uber accident lawyer.
Fixing the Damage
Luckily for you, car insurance exists for exactly these situations. After an accident, you are only responsible for your insurance deductible. Your car insurance company will pay to fix the damage including any broken glass.