Car accidents are an unfortunate and common occurrence. They cause immense damage too. According to the Federal Highway Administration, there are approximately six-million vehicle accidents in the United States per year. In these accidents, around two-million people are permanently injured as a result of the wreck.
Of course, the injuries sustained in car accidents and their severity is influenced by many factors. The type of accident, (such as head-on or rear or side collision) may cause specific injuries and the conditions which led to the accident contribute heavily as well.
Common types of injuries caused by car accidents include:
Head Injuries such as concussions and other traumatic brain injuries, skull fractures and bleeding all can have long-lasting and life-changing effects. Facial injuries are also exceedingly frequent, some of which may require plastic surgery. Many things inside the car, like the steering wheel, cause serious damage upon impact.
Neck and Back Injuries like whiplash, herniated discs, spinal cord injuries and more occur easily due to the force of the collision and can cause lasting, debilitating pain. When damage to the spinal cord is severe, there can be permanent loss of sensation or paralysis to the extremities.
Burns and Lacerations are common and can have the potential to be life-threatening. There are plenty of items inside a car that can cut or burn the vehicle occupants such as broken glass, projectiles and fire caused by gasoline. These can cause significant scarring.
Broken Bones are also one of the most frequent car accident injuries. They may require surgery to repair.
Some injuries may not be apparent right away after an accident. It is important to be examined by a medical professional after an accident even if there is no significant pain or other indications of injury. This is important for the health and well-being of those involved in the accident and can be critical to any necessary legal action.