The Most Common Injuries in a Car Crash

Common Injuries in a Car Accident1This article discuses the most common injuries in a car crash: car crashes cause physical injury.

Whiplash From a Car Crash

Whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip. It most often occurs during a rear-end auto accident, but the injury can also result from a sports accident, physical abuse or other trauma.

Common signs and symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, stiffness and headaches. Most people with whiplash recover within a few months after a course of pain medication, exercise and other treatments. Some people experience chronic neck pain and other ongoing complications permanently.

Whiplash can be extremely painful and often will not manifest itself at the scene of the crash. Sometimes, whiplash symptoms can start up to 24 hours after the crash, which is why your car crash lawyer will always recommend seeing a doctor after a car crash.

Back Injuries From a Car Crash

The human back is made of bones, muscles, and other tissues extending from your neck to your pelvis. Back injuries are often caused by the sudden jolt to the body that occurs in a car crash. The lower back is the most common site of back injuries and back pain. Common back injuries include

Do not attempt to move from your car unless it is life and death if you have a back injury. Wait to be medically evacuated to a hospital. As a car crash attorney, we know that back injuries can be extremely serious. Unfortunately, these types of injures often that leave a person with a permanent partial impairment.

Leg and Knee Injuries From a Car Crash

According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) studies have shown that lower extremity injuries account for a significant portion of the injuries sustained by passenger vehicle drivers in frontal crashes.

37 percent of the moderate or more severe injuries experienced by drivers of model year 2003 through 2010 passenger vehicles towed due to damage in frontal crashes affect the lower extremities and 26 percent of the serious or more severe injuries to this same group affect the lower extremities.

Many of these lower extremity injuries are not life-threatening but the physical disabilities and psychological effects of these injuries are often painful, significant and even permanent.

Broken Bones From a Car Crash

Common Injuries in a Car Accident2Car crashes can caused broken bones. Broken bones require immediate attention, often surgery to repair the break and the proper long-term care. This care is expensive.

Adding insult to injury, broken bones may heal in a manner that leaves a person with a permanent partial impairment.

Concussions From a Crash

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Oftentimes, there may be no other visible signs of a brain injury.

You don’t have to pass out (lose consciousness) to have a concussion. Some people will have obvious symptoms of a concussion, such as passing out or forgetting what happened right before the injury. But other people won’t. With rest, most people fully recover from a concussion. Some people recover within a few hours. Other people take a few weeks to recover.

It’s important to know that after a concussion the brain is more sensitive to damage. As a result off this sensitivity people with concussions have to make sure to avoid activities that might injure you again during their recovery.

In rare cases, concussions cause more serious problems. Repeated concussions or a severe concussion may lead to long-lasting problems with movement, learning, or speaking. It is important to contact a doctor if you or someone you know has symptoms of a concussion.

You need an experienced personal injury attorney to advise, protect and fight for your legal rights when you are in a car crash. Do not delay call attorney Jim Miron for a free, no obligation consultation at 203.339.5991 or toll free at 1.844.44MIRON (1.844.446.4766) or use the convenient contact feature on this website.