What Are the Most Common Car Accident Injuries?
Common Car Accident Injuries:
Car accidents can cause various injuries to virtually any part of your body. The circumstances of your car accident determine the relationship to the injury. Importantly, how the accident happened and severity of the impact help guide doctors and insurance companies on what injuries are or are not related to the car accident.
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Several types of injuries from car accidents recur far more frequently than others:
1. Brain and Head Injuries
One of the most common injuries suffered by drivers and passengers in a car accident is a closed head injury. Closed head injuries include a minor headache, mild concussion, loss of consciousness, and a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even when there is no physical sign of cuts or bruises, the brain is delicate and at risk of being injured inside the skull because of the impact of a car crash. Any head injury should be treated immediately by a medical professional.
2. Neck Injuries
Another common form of injury from a car accident is a neck injury. Neck injuries include mild forms of pain, strain, and whiplash, but also more serious injuries like cervical radiculopathy and disc injury.
3. Back Injuries
Back injuries from car accidents often result from the impact and twisting of the body during a car accident. The impact of a car accident causes back injuries such as a sprain, strain, fracture, disc injury, thoracic spine injury, lumbar radiculopathy, and lumbar spine injury. These symptoms can take time to show up and should be treated immediately by a doctor or hospital.
4. Face Injuries
Car accidents often cause facial injuries. The impact causes the driver or passenger to hit the inside of the car, including a steering wheel, dashboard, airbag, windshield, side window, car seats or shattered glass. These injuries range in severity from scrapes and bruises, to laceration and fractures, even TMJ and serious dental injuries.
5. Psychological Injuries
Injuries caused by car accidents are not limited to bodily injury. After serious car accidents involving severe injuries and even loss of life, drivers and passengers may suffer short or long-term psychological injuries such as emotional distress. They may even develop conditions that closely resemble post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD after a car accident.
Car Accident Injuries Questions and Answers
Q: Does the severity of the impact always relate to the seriousness of the injury?
A: No. Major accidents usually cause major injuries. Often, minor car accidents result in little or no injury. But you’ve probably heard about car crashes where a car was totaled but the driver miraculously walked away unharmed. And, you have also probably heard about the opposite situation, where a relatively minor car accident resulted in major injuries that caused a lifetime of problems for the driver or passenger.
Q: So what should you do if you suspect that have been injured in a car accident?
A: The first thing you should do is get medical attention. Go to the hospital or your doctor. Even if it was a fairly low speed impact or a small damage collision, get help.
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