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What Types of Injuries Result From Car Accidents?

Hildebrand & Wilson, LLP Feb. 7, 2017

There are millions of car accidents in the U.S. every year. Thankfully, most of these incidents are minor, although they do cause an estimated 2.4 million injuries and as many as 35,000 fatalities.1Car accident lawyers see injuries that range from minor bumps and bruises to more severe trauma that leaves people affected for the rest of their lives.

Attorneys who are experienced in helping clients deal with auto accident injuries recognize that everyone who shares the road should practice safe driving to lower the risk of the following injuries.

Neck and Spine Injuries

Neck and spine injuries are some of the most common and potentially serious injuries that can occur. Whiplash is common even in less serious collisions and is perhaps the most diagnosed car accident injury that can leave permanent problems. Car crash victims can experience spinal and neck fractures that are both life-threatening and life-altering, leaving them with permanent pain, disability, or even paralysis. Car accident lawyers understand that damage to the spinal cord may result in many other problems, including nerve damage, disc problems, and other spinal issues.

Head and Brain Injuries

Auto accident attorneys find that concussions are extremely common in car crashes, including less serious ones. Head injuries often occur when passengers are tossed around during a collision and hit their heads inside the vehicle. Traumatic head and brain trauma can cause skull fractures, comas, cognitive problems, hearing and vision issues, brain damage, and many other conditions that may need long-term rehabilitation or result in permanent disability.

Leg Injuries and Broken Bones

Car wrecks are also responsible for wounds to the legs, especially the knees. When vehicles collide, passengers can suffer serious injuries to the lower portion of their body if they are crushed during impact. Torn ligaments, dislocated knees, and broken legs are common and painful car accident injuries that could leave a person permanently disabled. Besides fractured legs or knees, car accident lawyers know that those who are hurt in wrecks may also suffer from broken arms and collarbones, fractured ribs, and other bone breaks and fractures.

Internal and Soft Tissue Injuries

Besides the injuries already mentioned, people involved in car crashes are also susceptible to internal organ damage and other soft tissue injuries. Punctured and deflated lungs are common with broken ribs, as is bruising or laceration to the liver and other essential internal organs. Soft tissue trauma to the body, including tendons, ligaments, and muscles, can occur both alone or in conjunction with other more serious injuries. Lawyers help clients realize that any of these injuries could have long-term and lasting results.

Car accidents that cause injuries happen every day. While many of the injuries that auto accident attorneys see may be minor, some can be very serious and even life-threatening. Driving safely is always the best way to avoid auto accidents. Unfortunately, car wrecks do happen in spite of the best of intentions. When they do, it is essential for the parties involved to first seek immediate medical attention for their injuries, then contact experienced car accident lawyers for help!

1National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts, 2015 Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview