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Common Injuries from a Car Accident
Posted on March 7, 2017
Car accidents can be severe, resulting in drivers and passengers not being able to walk away unscathed. When two or more cars collide, a significant force is sent through everyone’s bodies. People are pushed forward, backward, or to the side, crashing into their doors, windows, airbags, and debris. Common injuries people experience from auto accidents include a wide array of things.
Most Common Injuries
- Back and spine injuries: A crash can cause numerous issues in your back and spine such as a herniated disc, fractured vertebrae, and muscle sprains or strains. While the effect of a herniated disc could be minor, it can also cause significant pain and nerve damage. The most severe injury would be severing the spine causing paralysis.
- Neck injuries and whiplash: Sudden head and neck movements, like during a rear-end crash, can cause muscles or ligaments in the neck to be strained or sprained. These issues are what is generally known as whiplash. Other neck injuries include herniated or fractured discs in the upper spine, which can be extremely painful and take months to heal.
- Traumatic brain injury: Many car accident victims suffer minor concussions. However, in more significant crashes victims can suffer moderate to severe TBIs, which can have lasting effects on a person’s personality and mobility. Severe TBIs can result in comas and permanent disabilities.
- Broken bones: Crashes often result in broken bones in the ribs, arms, wrists, legs, and feet. In older victims, it is more common to see broken hips. In severe crashes, people wearing their seatbelts may suffer from fractured sternum or shoulder. Broken bones may require surgery to fix, months to heal, and additional months of physical therapy to regain motion.
- Burns: Many car crashes lead to fires, which can result in minor to severe burns for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Burns may require skin grafts and usually result in scarring. Severe burns can be fatal. Drivers and passengers can also suffer minor to moderate burns from airbags.
- Soft tissue: Crash victims often experience stretched or torn muscles, tendons or ligaments. Depending on the extent and location of the injury, this could be minor. However, something like a torn ACL can be serious and need surgery to correct.
- Lacerations: Drivers and passengers in crashes often experience deep and irregular cuts that require stitches to heal. These can leave significant scarring across a person’s body.
- Internal damage: Not every injury from a car accident is visible. A sudden and traumatic force to a body can result in internal distress and bleeding. People with heart issues are at risk for sudden traumatic cardiac arrest.