Car travel is popular in the United States. In fact, there are nearly 280 million vehicles in operation on average. So, it’s not surprising to learn about the high number of automobile accidents. In 2018, about 12 million accidents occurred, with almost 3 million injuries. Let’s look at some of the most common car accident injuries.
#1. Cuts and Bruises
This type of injury can be caused by occupants banging into parts of the vehicle. During a car accident, injuries can also occur because of items flying around during the crash or because objects have entered the car.
#2. Soft Tissue (Whiplash)
You might have seen television shows or movies that make fun of soft tissue or whiplash injuries. However difficult they might be to prove, whiplash hurts. As car accident injuries go, these are not generally life-threatening but can cause pain for years.
#3. Spinal Injuries
We rely heavily on our spines to be able to function. Car accident injuries to the spine can cause permanent, life-altering damage. In fact, people are sometimes paralyzed because of injuries to their spine or spinal cord.
Often you will hear of football players or boxers suffering this type of head injury. They’re also common car accident injuries. During the crash itself, drivers and passengers alike might be flung against the inside of the car. Hitting your head hard enough during an accident can cause a concussion.
#5. Traumatic Brain Injury
A concussion is a form of brain injury. However, victims with car accident injuries also can suffer a higher form of damage. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a traumatic brain injury as: “a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury.” Recovery can be lengthy or, at times, impossible.
#6. Emotional/Mental Health (PTSD, etc.)
Some car accident injuries are less obvious than others. Even someone who was not physically harmed during the crash may experience the following problems:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Any of these mental disorders could make it difficult for victims of car crashes to move on with their lives. It might be challenging to make decisions, care for themselves or others, or even ride in a vehicle again.
Depending on the severity of the car accident, injuries could include one or more fractures. Some fractures, though painful, will heal quickly. However, multiple fractures or severe breaks could require one or more surgery and years of therapy.
#8. Internal Injuries
Generally, the term “internal injuries” means something that is hurt inside your body. This could include brain bleeds or organ damage. Unlike external wounds, internal injuries can be hard to see and understand. Even doctors and ER personnel can miss the symptoms of these serious car accident injuries.
We Can Help with Your Car Accident Injuries
You may have grounds to file a personal injury claim. At the very least, you might need someone to help negotiate a settlement with an insurance company.
At the Dailey Law Firm, P.C., our team of skilled lawyers and professionals provide the high-quality legal services you need. Call us at 844-342-5353 to set up a free consultation or use the Contact Form on our website. There’s no fee for personal injury cases unless we win.
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