Depending on the severity of your accident, injuries can range from minor to life-threatening. Some of the most common car accident injuries include:
Whiplash occurs when the head is suddenly and forcefully jerked backward and then forward. This type of injury is caused by the sudden acceleration and deceleration of the car, which causes the head to move beyond its normal range of motion. This can cause the muscles and ligaments of the neck to be stretched and strained, resulting in pain and stiffness.
Head injuries can range from minor concussions to more serious traumatic brain injuries or TBIs. Head injuries can occur when the head strikes an object inside the car, such as the steering wheel or dashboard, or when the head is thrown forward or backward due to the force of the impact. Head injuries can also occur if the head is thrown against the window or roof of the car.
Broken Bones and Fractures
Broken or fractured bones, especially legs, arms, ankles, elbows, knees, and ribs are common auto accident injuries. These injuries can be caused by the force of the impact, as well as by being thrown around inside the car or being ejected from the vehicle.
Back and Spinal Cord Injuries
Back and spinal cord injuries are some of the most serious and potentially life-altering injuries that can result from a car crash. These injuries occur when the force of the impact causes the spine to be compressed, stretched, or twisted beyond its normal range of motion. This can cause the discs between the vertebrae to rupture, resulting in pain, numbness, and paralysis.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries are caused by the force of the impact, which can cause the muscles, ligaments, and tendons to stretch, tear, sprain, or bruise. These types of injuries can occur in any part of the body, but are most common in the neck, back, and shoulders.
Internal injuries occur when the force of the impact causes internal organs to be damaged or ruptured. Common internal injuries include internal bleeding and organ damage.