Car accidents can cause many different injuries, to virtually any part of your body, depending on the circumstances of the crash and the severity of the impact. But if you take a closer look at the range of insurance claims and personal injury lawsuits related to auto accidents, you'll see that certain injuries crop up more than others. This article discusses the most common car accident injuries.
Brain and Head Injuries - In an injury after, an accident,
one of the most common injuries suffered by drivers and passengers is a
closed head injury, which can range from a mild concussion to
a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even when there is no physical sign of
trauma (i.e. cuts or bruises), the brain is at risk of being jostled
inside the skull because of the impact of a car crash, so that bruising
and other injuries can result.
Neck Injuries - Another common form of injury from a
car accident is neck injuries, which can occur in more mild forms such
as whiplash and neck strain, to more serious injuries like cervical
radiculopathy and disc injury.
Back Injuries - The impact of a car accident and the resulting
torque on the bodies of drivers and passengers can cause back injuries
such as a sprain, strain, fracture, disc injury, thoracic spine injury,
lumbar radiculopathy, and lumbar spine injury. Like neck injuries,
sometimes the symptoms of even the most serious back injuries can take
some time to show up after an accident, and just as often a back injury
can cause longlasting pain and discomfort.
Face Injuries - In a car accident, injuries to the face can be
caused by almost anything -- 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 Temporomandibular disorders of the jaw (TMJ) and
serious dental injuries.
Psychological Injuries - Injuries caused by car accidents
aren't limited to the physical. Especially 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, and may even develop conditions that closely resemble post
traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).