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6 Common Car Accident Injuries

Injuries that occur during a car accident can be severe and disrupt a victim’s life. Individuals who are hurt in a motor vehicle collision may need surgery, long-term treatment, and could be unable to return to work for an extended period.

Six of the most common injuries sustained through a vehicle collision include:

  • Broken bones
  • Brain injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Bruises and cuts
  • Burns
  • Internal injuries, such as internal bleeding or organ damage

Broken Bones

The level of speed and force that occurs in a car accident can easily cause bones to fracture or break. Broken ribs and limbs are some of the most common injuries sustained in car accidents, but harm to the spine and joints is common as well. Herniated disc injuries, in which the spine’s vertebrae move or break, are common occurrences in motor vehicle accidents. The rapid movement involved in a collision can also cause drivers and their passengers to hit their knees or elbows.

Brain Injuries

Harm to the brain is one of the most serious car accident injuries.

Hitting your head during a collision can cause traumatic brain injuries (TBI), which debilitate the brain’s functionality and can contribute to symptoms such as:

  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Headaches
  • Sleep issues
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vision problems
  • Emotional effects

A TBI can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe. It is important to receive immediate medical attention following any head injury to ensure you receive the proper diagnosis and treatment.

Whiplash

The rapid back-and-forth motion that bodies are subjected to during a collision can contribute to whiplash. Whiplash is an injury that affects the muscles and tendons in the neck, when quick motion causes strain. The main symptoms of whiplash are pain in the neck and shoulder area. Whiplash symptoms can also include headaches, dizziness, and muscles spasms.

Bruises and Cuts

Bruises and cuts that occur during a car accident can be mild, but in some cases, can cause extreme pain and blood loss. Like other common collision injuries, force is a factor in developing bruises and cuts, but these injuries can also be caused by contact with broken pieces of the cars, such as shattered glass.

Burns

In some vehicle accidents, drivers and passengers can be burned. First- and second-degree burns damage the skin, and third-degree burns can affect tissue. Victims who sustain burn injuries in an accident may need a skin graft and/or other reconstructive treatment.

Internal Injuries

Internal injuries, such as internal bleeding and organ damage, are just as common in car accidents as broken bones and other external injuries. Harm to the body’s internal systems can be detrimental. Even if you do not see any visible injuries following a car accident, it is still possible that you may have sustained internal injuries.

After any motor vehicle accident, it is essential to receive medical attention as soon as possible. A doctor will be able to treat your injuries, and detect any more subtle ailment you may not have noticed yourself. Delaying treatment can cause your injuries to escalate and be detrimental to your health.

Contact Goodman Acker P.C. if you have been injured in a car, truck, motorcycle, bus, or bike accident. We can be reached through our online contact form or via phone at (248) 793-2010. Our consultations are completely cost- and obligation-free!