Car accidents are one of the major causes of injuries or deaths in the United States. In 2012, there were more than 5.6 million car accidents in the United States. From that number, 30,000 were serious and another 1.6 million involved other types of injuries. Car accidents cost $277 billion every year. The severity of injuries will depend on the circumstances surrounding the collision.
Car accident injuries can be categorized into impact and penetrating injuries. The former refers to injuries that result from the person’s body hitting some parts of the car’s interior. It may range from the knee hitting the dashboard or the head hitting the seat rest or the side window. The latter, on the other hand, may involve cuts and scrapes. Common examples of penetrating injuries are shattering glass or flying objects.
Injuries from automobile collision may vary from one person to another. However, there are some fairly common injuries and they are the following:
Head and Back Injuries
These types of injuries are the most serious and may cause traumatic brain injuries. Drivers who are involved in high speed collisions may hit their heads against the steering wheel, dashboard, or windows. Head injuries may cause skull fracture, hearing loss, and vision problems. Medical treatment and long-term medical care may be required after such injuries.
Back injuries, on the other hand, are also common. Damages to the spinal cord can lead to significant nerve damage. Back injuries are accompanied by reduced sensation and control on the arms, hands, legs, feet, and other body parts. It may cause permanent paralysis.
Chest injuries may range from broken ribs or internal injuries. These types of injuries may happen because of the position of the driver behind the steering wheel. While the body of the person may not come in contact with the steering wheel or dashboard, the chest may still suffer from a high level of force against the shoulder harness or seat belt causing it to be badly bruised.
Arm and Leg Injuries
When involved in a car accident, the driver’s knees or that of their passengers may hit the dashboard or seats in front of them. This may cause not only bruises or scrapes but also sprains and breaks.
Symptoms of car accident injuries may not appear right away. It may take days or weeks for them to do so.