Avoiding Facial Trauma from Car Accidents

 

trauma-austin-oral-surgery-300x199Car accidents are one of the most common causes of facial injuries. As there are more accidents during the holiday season due to the increase of vehicles on the road, it is important to stay vigilant when you find yourself in traffic, either as a driver, a pedestrian or a biker.

Left Turn Danger

Facial injuries are common in car accidents involving a left-hand turn. This tricky maneuver can lead to facial trauma for drivers as well as pedestrians and cyclists. Drivers often try to quickly make their turn when there’s a short break in traffic. When turning quickly, the driver might not be fully aware that a pedestrian may be crossing the street that they are about to turn on. In other cases, drivers who’ve been waiting awhile to make their turn might not correctly judge the speed at which the next car or motorcycle in the opposite lane is approaching. This can cause them to get hit on the side, often causing serious injuries including facial trauma.

Staying Safe

It is important that at anytime, especially during this busy holiday season, as a pedestrian you are extra vigilant when crossing the street, and as a driver you are extra careful when making left-hand turns. It’s better to wait an extra 20 seconds to make your turn than to get into an accident and ruin your own and/or someone else’s holidays or even life.

If you’ve been involved in any type of accident that led to facial trauma, it’s important to get treatment as soon as possible. The oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Austin Oral Surgery have the necessary training and experience to treat any facial injuries. Our surgeons can perform acute treatment, emergency care and every aspect of facial injury reconstruction. Contact us right now to get immediate treatment.