Auto accident often have some common trends when it comes to the injuries that result from them. That’s because, in most instances, people are in similar positions when the impact occurs since they’re sitting in a car. Here are some common injuries that can be seen in accidents.
Head and Brain Injuries
One of the areas of our bodies that’s not really protected well in a car, except for the assistance of the airbag, is our head and brain. Some of the common injuries that can happen to this area can run from a mild concussion as the brain gets slightly jostled and bruised to a traumatic brain injury. You may not have any physical signs of this type of injury as this may only show as an internal injury.
Spinal Cord Injuries
One of the most devastating injuries a person can suffer from an auto or truck accident is a spinal cord injury. These injuries can occur in high velocity and significant impact collisions.
Sometimes people get entrapped as their vehicle gets crushed in the collision or people can be ejected from the vehicle because of the severity of the crash. All of which can cause severe and permanent injury to the spinal cord resulting in paralysis, paraplegia or quadriplegia.
As your face is at the same level as the airbag, steering wheel, dashboard, windshield, seats, surrounding windows and other surfaces, your face can sustain severe injury and damage during a crash. You may only get cuts and bruises, but you could also damage your skull, nose, and teeth.
Most people have heard the term whiplash, and how this is a neck injury resulting from being thrown forward or backward. Other neck injuries possible in an auto accident include neck strain, herniated disc injuries, and cervical radiculopathy.
Some common back injuries that can result from a car accident include strain, sprain, disc injury, fracture, lumbar spine injury, lumbar radiculopathy, and thoracic spine injury.
Even your emotions and psyche can be affected in a crash, especially if it’s a very serious crash that involves serious injuries or fatalities. Some survivors of accidents may develop PTSD, emotional distress, or other psychological injury.
The worst part after a crash is the next day. Often, you don’t start to feel the pain of an injury until later. This can happen with even serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been in an accident that resulted in an injury due to the negligence of another, you’ll want to protect yourself by contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer. Contact Matzus Law LLC today about your car accident to move forward with your claim.