Depending on the circumstances of the crash and the severity of the impact, auto accidents can cause any number of different injuries to virtually any part of your body. However, there are certain injuries that occur more often than others based upon insurance claims and personal injury lawsuits information.
Head and Brain Injuries – One of the most common injuries suffered by drivers and passengers in an auto accident is a closed head injury. These could range from a mild concussion to a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even though there may be no physical sign of trauma (i.e. cuts or bruises) the brain is at risk of being jostled inside the skull, so that bruising and other injuries can result.
Neck Injuries – Neck injuries are another common type of injury in auto accidents. These can occur in more mild forms as in whiplash and neck strain or more serious injuries like cervical radiculopathy and disc injury.
Back Injuries – Back injuries such as a sprain, strain, fracture, disc injury, thoracic spine injury, lumbar radiculopathy and lumbar spine injury can occur from the impact of an auto accident and the resulting torque on the bodies of drivers and passengers. These symptoms can take time to show up, similar to neck injuries. Back injuries can also cause long-lasting pain and discomfort.
Face Injuries – Face injuries in an auto accident can be caused by almost anything – the steering wheel, dashboard, airbag, windshield, side window, car seats or shattered glass. Injuries of the face can range in severity from scrapes and bruises to laceration and fractures to Temporomandibular disorders of the jaw (TMJ) and serious dental injuries.
Psychological Injuries – Injuries received in an auto accident are not always limited to physical injuries. Drivers and passengers in serious auto accidents involving serious injuries including a loss of life may suffer from short or long-term psychological injuries. This could be emotional distress which could develop into conditions similar to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the auto accident.
Questions and Answers about Auto Accident Injuries:
Q: Is there always a direct relationship between the seriousness of the injury and the severity of the auto accident?
A: No. Minor auto accidents often result in little or no injury and major accidents normally cause major injuries. However, we have all heard of accidents where the car was totaled and the driver was able to walk away unharmed. Conversely, we have all no doubt heard the opposite situation where there was a minor auto accident and the driver and passengers suffered life-long injuries.
Q: Are all auto accident injuries immediately obvious?
A: Several are but some are not. Your body reflexively produces hormones called endorphins which act as painkillers as a result of the trauma of the auto accident. You may not know right away that you have been injured because of the excitement of the accident and the endorphins.
Q: If you suspect you have been injured in an auto accident, what should you do?
A: The first thing is to get medical treatment. This is for the injuries you suspect you have and a precautionary examination for injuries that may not be so obvious, even if it was a low speed impact and small damage collision.
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