What Are the Most Common Car Accident Injuries?

Car accident injuries, no matter how mild or severe, can be traumatic. The victim might suffer not only from physical pain but also mental anguish in the form of anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress. Millions of Americans are harmed in auto accidents every year. Some of these injuries are resolved quickly with little or no medical treatment, while others lead to serious and lasting ailments. Here are some of the most common auto accident injuries in the United States.

Cuts and Scrapes

During a collision, any items that are loose — cellphones, cups, eyeglasses, or books, to name a few — can become projectiles capable of cutting or scraping your skin. In some cases, these wounds are minor and do not require medical treatment. In other cases, they can cause blood loss and require stitches.

Head Injuries

Head injuries can be the result of impact to the steering wheel, dashboard, window, or seat. They take many forms, from bruises and lacerations to concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI, which often stems from side-impact crashes, can cause temporary or permanent brain function impairment, nerve damage, and skull fractures.

Soft-Tissue Injuries

Injuries to muscles, ligaments, and tendons are common in car accidents. One notable type of soft-tissue injury is whiplash, in which the neck is forcefully and rapidly jarred forward and back. This trauma is typically seen in rear-end collisions.

Arm and Leg Injuries

In a side-impact collision, your arms and legs can be thrown against the door, dashboard, or seat in front of you with tremendous force. Depending on the speed and severity of the crash, injuries can range from scrapes and bruises to sprains and breaks.

Chest Injuries

Chest injuries can take the form of bruises and contusions. In more severe instances, they may involve broken ribs.

Contact an Auto Accident Attorney

No matter the circumstances surrounding your incident, the personal injury attorneys at Morgan & Morgan will fight on your behalf to seek the compensation you deserve. To find out more about how we may be able to help you secure your financial future, schedule a free consultation now.

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