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Injuries Suffered In A Motor Vehicle Accident

Millions of people are injured each year in motor vehicle accidents across the country. The injuries resulting from the collision can be as varied as the unique circumstances of each incident, though there are a few types of injuries that are more likely to occur than others.

The most common auto-accident injuries include:

  1. Whiplash
    This is the most common soft-tissue injury caused by motor vehicle accidents. Whiplash is also referred to as hyperextension or cervical sprain/strain, and it occurs when your head and neck are forced to move back and forth violently, typically following a rear-end collision. Symptoms include:

    • Sharp neck pain
    • Neck stiffness
    • Back problems
    • Cognitive issues – poor concentration, memory loss

    These symptoms typically occur immediately, though they can also emerge gradually in the days following the accident. Whiplash should be treated as soon as possible to keep it from developing into more serious problems.

  2. Scrapes and cuts
    There are two categories of injuries: impact injuries that occur when the person’s body hits something, and penetrating injuries that include cuts and scrapes caused by shattering glass and any loose objects that become projectiles on impact. They can also arise when your airbag deploys in the crash.

    Some cuts and scrapes are quite minor and only require disinfecting the site. However, more serious injuries that result in blood loss may require stitches and even admission for a blood transfusion.

  3. Head injuries
    Any kind of impact can cause your head to hit the steering wheel – if the airbag fails to deploy or the side window, resulting in scrapes, bruises, or lacerations to the head. Closed head injuries can also occur, with effects ranging from concussions to brain damage.
  4. Broken bones
    These often involve severe injuries to the chest when it collides with the steering wheel, resulting in broken ribs and possibly internal bleeding. It may also be in the form of broken arms and legs due to any kind of hard impact. These should be treated with urgency.

Severity of the injury

The type and severity of injuries sustained by the drivers and passengers in an auto accident depend on many factors such as:

  • Whether the person was wearing a seat belt
  • Whether the collision occurred from the front, rear, or side
  • Was the crash low-speed or high-speed
  • How many airbags deployed after the collision
  • Was the injured party facing forward, sideways, or asleep?

You should also keep in mind that not all injuries are apparent right after the crash. Some take days, weeks, or even months before they show any symptoms. So, if involved in an auto accident, you should always seek medical attention at the slightest discomfort or indication of injury.


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