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Broken Glass Injuries from Car Accidents

When Arizona auto accidents occur, there are many levels of danger that arise. The most obvious is the force of the collision that can twist and mangle large pieces of hot metal in such a way that anyone nearby is instantly put in a situation of extreme risk. However, one of the most overlooked and yet most dangerous common results of any auto accident is the flying broken glass from windows. Broken glass flying through the air at high speeds can injure and kill in an instant.

Below youll find information regarding how glass injuries from car accidents in Arizona occur, the types of injuries that can result from these crashes, the medical steps that may be necessary to help someone who has suffered from broken glass injuries and finally how you should proceed if you or someone you love has suffered from broken auto glass injuries and you need the help of an experienced Phoenix auto accident lawyer.

How Arizona Auto Accidents Result in Broken Glass Injuries

When two vehicles collide at even relatively low speeds, the force thats generated by this collision can be massive. While some windshields on more modern vehicles tend to be specially built to avoid shattering, these manufacturing practices do not completely prevent the introduction of high-velocity broken glass into an auto accident. In addition, most side and rear windows are not built to withstand a high-force impact, which means that broken shards of glass can be sent flying in every direction and at dangerously high speeds.

When people are sitting inside of a vehicles passenger compartment during an auto accident, they are completely helpless and utterly defenseless to the flying broken glass that can shred, tear, pierce and puncture just about any substance, including human tissue, which is no match for these flying projectiles. As a result, broken glass injuries from car accidents are extremely common and can cause extremely severe injuries.

Common Broken Glass Injuries Caused by Arizona Car Accidents

The different types of injuries that can be caused by flying shards of broken glass in Arizona auto accidents are nearly limitless in number, but some seem to be more common than others. Below are a few examples of common broken glass injuries suffered in car accidents.

Surface-Level Cuts

Clearly, when flying glass collides with skin tissue, it will cause damage. Perhaps the least severe broken glass injuries suffered in AZ car accidents are those that merely tear or cut the skin and do not penetrate deeper into the tissue. These injuries usually require cleaning and perhaps stitches to stop the bleeding.

Deep-Level Cuts

When broken glass is flying through the air with a high degree of velocity, many sharp pieces will penetrate deep inside the skin. These injuries can include cuts and wounds that penetrate through the skin, the underlying skin tissue, muscle fibers almost anywhere on the body and can cut all the way through to the bone. These injuries are extremely dangerous for many reasons, not the least of which is the possibility of permanent disfigurement.


When people are involved in almost any car accident, they suffer through psychological trauma thats difficult to manage at the time. Managing this trauma only becomes more difficult when a person realizes that he or she is bleeding profusely, as the emotional reaction to this realization can lead to the development of shock. Shock can be deadly if not handled immediately and aggressively.

Severed Limbs

Certain shards of broken glass are large enough and/or sharp enough to penetrate the body almost all the way through. If even one shard of glass penetrates the body in a particularly vulnerable location, it could lead to a severed artery and the necessity of a limb amputation in the extremity thats been harmed.

Bleeding to Death

Of course, certain areas of the body are more vulnerable than others. If a shard of glass hits the arteries in the neck or anywhere else and help does not arrive quickly, a person can bleed to death in a matter of minutes.

Medical Steps Necessary to Deal with Broken Glass Injuries

Medical treatments that are necessary to help patients with broken glass injuries can be as varied as the different types of injuries that can be suffered. Simple cleaning of a wound is the easiest and least dangerous, while amputation of a limb or emergency surgery to replace a high amount of lost blood are the most severe and critical.

If you or someone you love has suffered broken glass injuries as a result of an Arizona auto accident, you need to assert your legal rights regardless of the severity of your injuries. Contact the Phoenix car accident lawyers at Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation. Our licensed Phoenix AZ injury attorneys charge no upfront fees if we take on your case.

Phillips Law Group - Ph: 1-800-706-3000.

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