Although many serious injuries can stem from car accidents, certain ones are seen most often. Those injuries fall into two categories: impact injuries and penetrating injuries and can cause varying degrees of problems and long-term issues.
One of the most type of injury is damage to the body’s connective tissues, which includes the muscles, ligaments and tendons. Many people know the injuries commonly referred to as whiplash, which is injury to the neck and upper back, but these issues can occur in other parts of the body as well like in the back.
Another common injury is scrapes and cuts. If anything inside the vehicle becomes airborne in a crash, they can easily cause scrapes and cuts. Think of your coffee cup, cell phone, purse, laptop and bag and anything else that is not secured in your vehicle being jolted in an accident. These injuries may require no medical attention, but can require stitches or may result in loss of blood or worse. This can cause cuts and bruises on any part of the body, but especially the arms and legs.
Serious injuries to the head may be in the form of muscle strains in the neck and back, like whiplash, or may be in the form of a concussion. If the occupant’s head makes contact with a window or steering wheel, there may be more severe head caused to the head. Anything from scrapes and cuts to closed-head injuries can more seriously affect the brain in the long run.
Another commonly injured area is the chest. Especially in drivers involved in the crash, chest injuries can be the result of slamming up against the steering wheel or serious bruising where a seat belt holds the person in place during a crash.
If you or your loved one has suffered serious injuries in a car accident, call today to request your free initial consultation.