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What Are the Most Common Car Accident Injuries?

What Are the Most Common Car Accident Injuries?

Rear-end, head-on, and side collisions are the most frequent types of auto accidents, and the injuries they accompanied, both small and great, should be equally known. Spending time discussing your accident with an attorney will allow you to better understand the value of your case, and what you can expect depending on your situation.

Cuts, Bruising, and Burns

This can occur in almost any accident. Broken glass or flying debris can cause the cuts, and these, in turn, may leave scars. Bruising may result from the driver's body hitting the door or the steering wheel or from having a body part caught between two objects. Burns are another injury not specific to any type of accident. Cars can catch fire, and dangerously hot liquids can leak out and burn the skin.

Limb Injuries

Feet, legs, hands, and arms are all at risk of injury in a collision. Both simple and compound fractures are possible. Drivers might sprain their ankles or have fingers and toes severed. In some severe cases, there may be loss of limbs due to the accident.

Hip and Shoulder Injuries

Drivers may incur a broken pelvis from the shock that is released upon impact. Their shoulders, which will lock up instinctively, may suffer as a result of the shock that courses through the hands when these are gripping the steering wheel.

Internal Bleeding

When the impact of the body against an object or the impact of flying debris is more acute, it can cause internal bleeding, especially abdominal bleeding. The objects that are most often linked to chest injuries are the seatbelts and steering wheel.

Whiplash and Spinal Injuries

When there is a rear-end collision, there is almost always whiplash. This refers to any injury to the neck muscles, ligaments, and/or tendons caused by a sudden back-and-forth motion in the neck. It can hurt the nerves and even affect the spinal cord. For example, the force of the collision could fracture the cervical spine, the vertebrae that compose the neck. In the lower back, crash victims may experience a herniated, or slipped disk.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

These can occur when the head hits the steering wheel or side window, or they may arise when the brain, which continues to move when the head is still, collides against the interior of the skull. The majority of TBIs stem from car accidents.

With TBIs, victims may experience disorientation, bouts of memory loss, and other changes in their mental state. TBIs range from mild to severe with mild being labeled as a concussion. The more severe, the longer and more lasting the mental changes.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

About 9% of car accident victims develop this condition, according to the National Center for PTSD. Moreover, the risk for PTSD corresponds less with crash severity and more with the prior mental health of the victims themselves and how they respond to the crash. PTSD can result in flashbacks, nightmares, and a fear of driving.

Give Us a Call Today

If you incurred one or more of the above, you may want an Orange County attorney on your case. Our team here at Sachs Law would love to hear about your case and discuss your options. We will evaluate the case and see if you can recover damages under California's rule of comparative negligence. We can have the crash investigated and proof of the defendant's negligence gathered.

Contact us today at (714) 660-1681 to schedule your free case evaluation with the MVP of Personal Injury.

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