Car accidents can be frightening, yet most people will be involved in one at some point in their lives. From fender-benders to major collisions, 77% of drivers say they’ve been in at least one accident.
Along with car accidents come auto accident injuries. Though many may fear serious injuries or even death, the good news is that most car accident injuries are relatively minor. Still, they require proper treatment – and compensation if the other driver was at fault.
Read on to learn about the most common injuries related to auto accidents.
When you hear the word “whiplash,” you likely think of car accidents. Whiplash is a common injury associated with vehicle collisions. Of all the causes of car accidents, front and rear-side impact is the most common trigger for whiplash.
When two cars collide (or one strikes another), the neck moves forwards and back in an unnatural motion. This puts strain on the neck muscles, and it can even damage spinal discs in the neck.
Thankfully, many who suffer from post-accident whiplash recover within a few weeks and require little intervention. However, some accident victims may experience pain, numbness, and trouble moving their neck.
No matter how mild the whiplash may seem, it’s always a good idea to visit a doctor for an accurate prognosis.
Just as intense jerking motions can injure the neck, the head may also sustain injuries during a car accident. If the head hits the steering wheel, window, vehicle ceiling, and other surfaces or objects during a car crash, the driver may suffer from a concussion.
A concussion is a form of mild traumatic brain injury that must be treated by a doctor. Signs to look for include headache, memory issues and confusion, trouble balancing, and nausea.
If you think you’ve gotten a concussion after an accident, seek emergency medical care. Then, contact an auto accident attorney. They can help you reach a car accident settlement for your injury.
- Cuts and Bruises
If a driver or passenger walks away with only cuts and bruises after a car accident, many might consider them lucky. And while cuts and bruises do usually heal quickly and without complications, they can still be serious following an accident.
Cuts are usually caused by broken glass or sharp objects flying around the car. These cuts may have glass fragments inside of them, and some lacerations can go as deep as the arteries.
Bruises usually signal no more than broken blood vessels, but in some cases they can be linked to more severe injuries. For example, bruises around the eyes can be a sign of a concussion or fractured skull. Seatbelt bruises sometimes link to deeper organ damage.
Even if cuts and bruises don’t sound so serious, they should always be checked by a doctor after a car accident.
Protect Yourself After Car Accident Injuries
The three most common car accident injuries often heal with a little time. Still, you should always seek medical help following a car accident.
If you find you’ve been injured, be sure to also reach out to an attorney to receive the compensation you deserve.
For more on injuries and your rights, check out our other blog posts!