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Broken Bones from a Car Accident

According to data provided by the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS), 42,089 car accidents took place in the state in the year 2015 alone. Approximately one third of those crashes led to at least one person suffering some type of injury. While some of the reported auto accident injuries were thankfully minor, unfortunately, many others were very serious.

Broken bones are one of the most commonly occurring types of serious car accident injuries. Simply put, the human body is not built to withstand the enormous force that comes with even a moderate speed collision. Bones are not flexible; when a victim’s body is subject to the extreme force of a motor vehicle collision, there is a high risk of a break or a fracture.

Beyond the immense physical pain and frustrating recovery time, broken bones can be expensive. At Christensen & Hymas, our Salt Lake car accident lawyers fight for the legal rights and financial interests of crash victims who have sustained broken bones in a collision. If you or a loved one was a victim of another driver’s negligence, you deserve full and fair compensation for your broken bone or fractured bone injuries.

The Most Common Broken Bones


Any bone in your body could potentially break or fracture in a major auto accident. Though, as certain bones are inherently more exposed, they are far more vulnerable to being broken in a crash. The following is a list of the nine bones that are most frequently broken or fractured in auto accidents:

  • Arms;
  • Hands;
  • Wrists;
  • Fingers;
  • Legs;
  • Ankles;
  • Feet;
  • The collarbone; and
  • The jawbone.

There are Different Types of Bone Fractures

Not all broken bone injuries are equally severe. Indeed, a term like “broken arm” is actually a shorthand phrase that is used to describe a wide variety of different injuries. When a bone breaks or fractures, the injury can occur in several different ways, with varying levels of severity. More specifically, the most commonly occurring types of broken bone injuries are:


  • Stable fractures: A stable fracture is typically the least severe type of broken bone injury. With a stable fracture, the two parts of the broken bone end up lined up correctly. In other words, the bone is only slightly out of place, which makes recovery faster and less challenging.


    • Transverse fractures: This type of fracture runs straight across a victim’s bone. Generally, it occurs when force is applied at a right angle. Children are especially at risk of suffering transverse fractures.


  • Oblique fractures: Oblique fractures are breaks or cracks that occur in a diagonal direction, across the bone. Most often, this injury involves a broken arm of a broken leg. This is typically a longer, more jagged break, which leads to a longer recovery time than is needed for most transverse fractures.


    • Open compound fractures: Open compound fractures refer to the terrifying situation where a victim’s skin is actually pierced by their broken bone. For most, this type of injury is severely traumatizing. While open compound fractures can occur in many different ways, most frequently this injury involves a victim’s tibia.


  • Comminuted fractures: A comminuted fracture is one of the most serious types of broken bone injuries. In fact, this injury can even be more serious than an open compound fracture. With a comminuted fracture, the bone is shattered in at least three different places. Surgery is often required to install screws or rods into the bone to realign and stabilize it. Recovery can be long and painful.


Compensation Available for Broken Bones

If you sustained broken bones in a Utah auto accident, you are entitled to recover full and fair compensation for your injuries. Under state law, victims may seek recovery for both economic losses as well as any intangible damages. Ultimately, the amount that you will be able to recover will depend on the nature of specific your injuries. Compensation if always determined on a case-by-case basis. Our team can help you seek financial relief for:

  • Ambulance fees;
  • Emergency room costs;
  • Surgeries;
  • Required medical devices;
  • Medication;
  • Physical therapy;
  • Lost current and future wages;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Mental anguish; and
  • Loss of life enjoyment.

Contact a Salt Lake Broken Bones Attorney Today

We are standing by, ready to help. At Christensen & Hymas, our broken bones attorneys in Salt Lake City have extensive experience handling injury claims involving broken and fractured bones. For immediate assistance with your case, please contact our team today to set up your free initial legal consultation. From our offices in Salt Lake County, Utah County and Davis County, we represent car accident victims throughout the state.

Kenneth L. Christensen


D. Russell Hymas


Jake Lee