If you’ve been involved in a car accident, you may be in pain and feeling uncertain about what comes next. It’s very important to seek medical attention if you’ve been in a wreck, even if you don’t “feel” hurt. Some injuries, especially to the neck and spine, may not be readily apparent in the immediate time after an accident.
There are several injuries that happen regularly after a car accident, and one of the most common injuries sustained through a vehicle collision is whiplash, but there are several other serious ones.
What Are the Most Common Car Accident Injuries Sustained Through a Vehicle Collision?
Head, back, and neck injuries are the most common after a car accident. Head injuries can have a range of complications, from a concussion or skull fracture to vision or hearing problems.
Back and spine problems are also common, as the rapid forward-then-backward motion from the impact can result in a herniated disc in your spine. Chest injuries, including bruised or broken ribs, are also common in an accident. Blunt force trauma can collapse or partially collapse your lungs. If the airbag in your car deploys, you may also have damage to your face, like a broken nose or even a damaged eye socket.
As we stated above, whiplash is the most common car accident injury. Whiplash is the sudden movement of the neck and head forward, then back. It can be extremely painful and cause your ability to move your neck to be restricted. Whiplash can also lead to lasting damage to your neck, which can make it harder for you to resume your daily activities and can even affect your ability to work.
Other very common injuries from a car accident are “soft tissue” injuries or damage to the ligaments and tendons in your body. These occur when the muscles or tendons are overstretched – think of overstretching a rubber band – and may be permanent.
Get checked for these common injuries often sustained through a vehicle collision:
- Soft tissue damage
- Bruised or broken ribs
- Collapsed lungs
- Vision or hearing damage
- Herniated disc
- Disorientation or dizziness
Always call the emergency responders after an accident, even if you think it’s minor, as these professionals are trained to diagnose car wreck injuries.
Some Factors That Affect the Severity of Your Injuries
Obviously, the rate of speed that you’re traveling can affect the severity of your car accident injuries. However, there are some other things that can also have an impact on how badly you are hurt.
- Drinking and driving, or operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol can increase the chances of an accident by more than 4:1 odds
- Not wearing a seatbelt increases the chances of a significant injury by 4.7: 1 odds, and the chances of being ejected from the vehicle by our 21:1 odds
- The size and kind of vehicle that you’re driving and the size and type of the other vehicle or vehicles involved in a crash also can determine how badly people are hurt.
Your best chances of reducing injuries in a car accident include defensive driving – pay attention to others on the road, and make sure that you aren’t distracted or impaired so that you can react in a timely manner.
Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident?
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, even “just a fender bender,” it’s important to seek medical attention from professionals qualified to diagnose injuries that stem from a car accident. Since some of the most common injuries are neck and spine related, professional diagnosis can prevent debilitating, chronic pain.
A professional team of attorneys can help after a car wreck, getting you the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, both those from the accident and any treatment you need such as physical therapy after the fact. You may even be entitled to compensation for time lost from work due to recovering from an accident. Every case is different, however, and your attorney can walk you through the filing through settlement – they’re completely on your side!