It’s no secret that glass is sharp and can cut you, particularly when it is shattered. While most modern vehicles are fitted with glass that shatters into tiny pieces upon impact, this doesn’t necessarily mean that it isn’t going to cause injuries.
In the unfortunate event that you are involved in a road traffic collision, what kind of injuries could shattered glass cause?
During a road traffic collision, a tremendous amount of force can be generated. Anything that is loose in the vehicle can be launched through the air at high speed, including broken glass. If this comes into contact with your body, it will probably cut you. In some cases, lacerations of this type can be very deep, requiring stitches and even surgery to be repaired.
It’s also worth keeping in mind that different body parts are more sensitive. For instance, facial tissue can scar much more easily than other body parts. Not only can these types of wounds be very painful, but there are also deep emotional impacts associated with facial scarring.
The risk of infection
If you head to the hospital after a collision (which is always advisable), the doctors and nursing staff will typically clean out your wounds. You may also be given a course of treatment to help with healing and combat infection. However, there is no guarantee that this will work. It’s possible that a fragment of glass may have been missed, which means the wound cannot heal properly. The result could be a nasty infection which will make your healing process much more complicated.
You may be entitled to compensation if you’ve suffered a serious injury because another driver was negligent. Seeking legal guidance will give you a clearer picture of your options.