With about 1.7 million of the 6.2 million total car accidents in the US resulting in injuries, more than a quarter of all car accidents end up with injuries, ranging in severity from minor bumps & bruises (known in the legal world as soft tissue injuries) to permanent disability & dismemberment. Here we’ll discuss some of the most common car accident injuries, how they happen, and what to do if you’re facing a similar injury after an auto accident.
Car Accident Injury Cases:
Whiplash: Often seen as a result of rear-end car collisions, whiplash is one of the most common injuries to people who’ve been injured in an auto accident. Delayed onset whiplash, where pain & symptoms of whiplash can take days and sometimes weeks to show up, is also common. In most cases a mild case of whiplash will mean a few weeks of recovery time, but chronic whiplash can last 6 months or more. Learn more
Hip Injury: Hip injuries often occur in T-Bone collisions when one car hits another from the side, although the force of an auto accident from any angle can be enough to cause significant hip damage. Common hip injuries in car accidents include:
- Hip Dislocation: This can be a very severe and painful injury, usually occurring when the leg gets pushed in or to the side as a result of impact with another car, causing the hip to dislocate.
- Broken Hips: As one of the largest bones in the body and a central part of everyday movement, a broken hip can be incredibly debilitating.
- Hip Flexor Strains & Tears: The hip flexors are a group of muscles surrounding the hip and are very active in walking and other day to day activities. The force of a car accident can be enough to stretch or tear these muscles. Learn more
Back & Neck Injuries: The type of injuries to the back and neck that can occur when someone is involved in a car crash are wide ranging in both scope and severity. When the force of one car strikes another, the body will often get violently jerked around, which can be jarring to muscles, bones, and ligaments. Learn more
Soft Tissue/Minor Injuries: While an injury sustained in a car accident is never a positive thing, if you can walk away with a few bumps & bruises you may want to consider that a win. Many are not so lucky. However, there are still usually issues of insurance, auto damage, and possibly legal actions. Learn more
Head Injuries: Unfortunately, there are many ways a person can sustain a head injury when they’re involved in a car crash. Even more unfortunately, these can also be some of the most severe, including brain injuries and skull fractures. As the body moves with the force of impact, the head can hit windows, panels, and the steering wheel. Learn more
Leg & Knee Injuries: When one car hits another, the impact can force shins, knees, and other parts of the leg into the dashboard or door of the car. Softer impacts usually leave bruises or cause sprains, while severe car accidents can cause serious breaks, dislocations, and tears. Learn more
Arm & Shoulder Injuries: With one, or hopefully both hands on the steering wheel, arm and shoulder injuries are quite common in auto accidents. The bones in the arm, wrist, and hand can get broken by the force of impact, and dislocated or separated shoulders can occur pretty frequently. Learn more
Wrongful Death: Unfortunately, according to the CDC, accidents (most of which being car accidents), are the 4th leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 146,571 deaths in 2015. While nothing can ever replace the loss of a loved one, if the accident was caused by someone else, you should be able to seek substantial financial compensation. Learn more