Based on specifics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over three million people are injured each year in vehicle accidents across the country. Individual circumstances surrounding the accident will determine specifically what injuries a victim may sustain. However, there are some injuries that are more common than others when it comes to a car accident. The two categories of injuries include impact injuries and penetrating injuries. Impact injuries are typically caused when part of the person’s body hits some part of the interior of the car, while penetrating injuries are typically cuts and scrapes. What injuries may you run into?
Soft Tissue Injuries: A soft tissue injury refers to damage to the body’s connective tissue, which includes muscles, ligaments and tendons. They are also the most common type of injuries from car accidents. Whiplash sustained in a car accident is a type of soft tissue injury. Car accidents may also cause soft tissue injuries in the back such as muscle sprains, due to the impact force sustained against the spine.
Scrapes and Cuts: Loose objects in a car collision will be thrown about inside the car, which could cause cuts or other injuries as they hit you. Sometimes scrapes and cuts can be very minor and require absolutely no medical treatment. However, more serious injuries can result in a loss of blood and could even require stitches.
Head Injuries: Because of sudden and unnatural movements in a collision, muscle strains can be brought upon the neck and back of the occupant. The head itself can also be injured such as scrapes and lacerations. More severe collisions can cause a closed head injury, where the fluid and tissue inside the skull are damaged because of the sudden movement or impact of the head itself. This can lead to concussions or something as severe as brain damages.
Chest Injuries: These can typically take the form of contusions or bruises, but have the ability to be more severe like broken ribs or internal injuries. Drivers most often experience chest injuries because of their position behind the steering wheel and based off of how a person is thrown around inside the vehicle.
Arm and Leg Injuries: If your car happens to suffer a side impact, your arms and legs could be thrown hard against the door. If you are a passenger, your legs have very little room for movement in many cases. These collisions can also cause an occupant’s knees to hit the dashboard or seats in front of them.
So, what should you know about car accidents? Some people may ask the question: Is there a direct relationship between the severity of the car accident and the seriousness of the injury? The answer is “no.” Major accidents will usually cause major injuries and minor car accidents will usually cause little to no injury. However, you may have heard of cases where a car was totaled and the driver/passengers walked away unharmed. The fact of the matter is that each situation is different. It is also a known fact that not all car accident injuries are obvious right from the get-go. You may not know that you are injured right away. After a car accident, it may be wise to speak to an experienced attorney who knows the ins and outs of car accidents. Call WTW today to schedule a free consultation!