Eye injuries that can occur in a car crash

On Behalf of | Apr 3, 2024 | Car accidents

Car crashes can lead to several kinds of injuries that can negatively impact a person’s life. For example, the eyes are one of the areas of the body that can suffer injuries. These can be particularly traumatic because they can affect a person’s ability to see.

Many eye injuries that stem from a car wreck will heal with time, but it’s crucial to have them checked out by a medical professional before making any assumptions.

Airbag-related injuries

While airbags are critical for preventing more serious injuries during a car crash, their rapid deployment can cause eye injuries. The force of an airbag can lead to corneal abrasions, ocular trauma and retinal detachment.

Flying debris injuries

Broken glass or objects propelled through the air during a collision can cause penetrating eye injuries. Such injuries can range from superficial scratches to the cornea to more severe punctures. Some of these may require surgical intervention to prevent permanent vision loss.

Chemical burns

Car accidents can lead to the release of various chemicals, whether from the vehicle’s airbag system or other sources, like leaking car fluids. These substances can cause chemical burns to the eyes. Chemical burns can lead to pain, redness and damage to the eye’s surface.

Injuries to the eye can lead to having to take time off work and can be costly to treat. Victims of car crashes caused by another’s negligence may opt to seek compensation for the financial damages they’re facing. There is a limited time to get a claim filed because of the statute of limitations set by state law.