Shockingly, around 2 million drivers involved in car accidents experience permanent injuries every year. Jesse Gonzalez of J. Gonzalez Injury Attorneys has addressed many of these types of cases.
Of course, the severity of any given injury will vary depending on a number of factors including:
Whether or not a seatbelt was used.
The angle of impact.
Position of the occupant.
Speed at the time of impact.
Whether or not an airbag deployed.
Serious car accidents can cause some truly horrifying injuries that can lead to permanent damage and even result in disability. It is always in your best interest to visit a doctor immediately after a car accident to prevent further health-related issues from developing.
5 of the Most Common Types of Car Accident Injuries
Some of the most serious and common types of car accident injuries include:
Head and Neck Injuries
An unexpected stop or change in direction in a vehicle usually results in the head moving suddenly and violently. If the impact was not very forceful, occupants may just experience a slight muscle strain around the neck and back.
But if the head comes into contact with an object within the car, such as the steering wheel, a traumatic brain injury or deep laceration can occur.
Back injuries are also incredibly common in car accidents, much for the same reason whiplash or head injuries happen. A sudden impact at high-velocity can cause damage to the muscles, ligaments and tendons in your back.
Serious back injuries may even result in reduced sensation and/or control of the limbs, herniated discs or even partial or total paralysis.
The most common forms of chest injury are contusions or bruises. However, high-impact or improper passenger or driver positioning may lead to broken ribs or internal injuries.
Because of their position behind the steering wheel, drivers are more likely to suffer chest injuries.
It’s worth noting that even the force of an airbag deploying into a driver’s chest can be significant enough to cause injury. For passengers, the force of impact coupled with the seatbelt lock can cause some bruising in the chest area.
Car accidents that occur at high-speeds or which involve roll-overs can lead to broken bones. Broken bone injuries can include broken legs or arms, broken or fractured wrists or ankles, hip fractures, broken ribs, spinal injuries or skull fractures.
Scrapes and Cuts
Any loose object inside the car at the moment of collision has the potential to cause a scrape or cut. This can include a purse, cups, mugs or phones that are lying about freely in the vehicle, as well as broken glass caused by the collision.
If you have suffered a serious personal injury as a result of a car accident, visit www.jgonzalezlawfirm.com to learn more about what legal options are available to you.