8 Most Common Types of Car Accident Injuries

When an individual is involved in a car accident, there are a range of possible injuries that he or she can incur. Some types of injuries are more common than others when it comes to vehicle accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated that more than three million people are injured each year in vehicle accidents across the country. The different injuries resulting from a car accident can be as varied as the individual circumstances of each collision, but there are some types of injuries that are more common than others.

From superficial injuries to severe or internal injuries, a car accident can carry severe consequences. The Injury Care Center can help you recover from some of the most common injuries that occur in car accidents.

1) Scrapes and Cuts

Most times, parties involved in an accident will suffer from some cuts and scrapes to the epidermis. Whether they originate from the impact of your vehicle or the other vehicle, or from any loose projectiles in you car like your phone, these scrapes and cuts can require some immediate medical treatment. It is important to care for surface injuries because not only can scrapes and cuts be painful, they can also pose a risk of infection and other complications.

2) Whiplash

When neck  muscle, ligament, and tendon injuries occur in a car accident, the phenomena can be called whiplash. Sometimes in an accident, your body often moves suddenly; faster than you would ever move on your own. Trauma can strain muscles and other soft tissues without breaking bones. Whiplash can be very painful, and it can take time to heal. Using therapy and massage to counteract the negative medical consequences of whiplash can be helpful in speeding your recovery.

3) Head Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries can cause immediate pain and further complications that are far-reaching. Traumatic brain injuries can cause long-term problems with brain function and can increase headaches and sleeping difficulties if not treated properly. Brain injuries can be hard to diagnose. Having a clear and deliberate treatment plan to avoid complications from head injuries is important to ensure recovery.

4) Chest Injuries and Broken Ribs

Due to impact or to seatbelts, chest injuries can be a common result of a car accident. Usually chest injuries can take the form of bruises, but they can be worse, like broken ribs or internal injuries. Those who are driving the vehicle are more prone to chest injuries because of their position behind the steering wheel.

Even if the driver does not experience a direct impact with the steering wheel or dashboard, his or her chest area can still experience a high level of force against seat belt, which can cause severe bruising.

These impacts or restrictions can sometimes cause injury to a driver’s or a passenger’s ribs. As you may know, sometimes light or moderate impact can cause ribs to break. Whether the accident causes you to be pushed or pulled in an unnatural way, chest injuries and broken ribs are quite painful and can require lengthy periods of rest in order to recover.

Recovering from the strain of a chest injury or getting back to normal after suffering broken ribs can be difficult, but having a trained professional assist your recovery can take some of the stress and a great deal of lasting pain away.

5) Internal Bleeding

The bumping and jostling that occurs in a traffic accident can increase the likelihood of internal bleeding. If this type of injury is not quickly treated, it can become quite dangerous. It is important to seek medical attention immediately after an accident so that proper treatment can be initiated. Internal injuries require immediate care to ensure they do not become life-threatening.

Recovering from internal bleeding and regaining your strength and stamina can take a lengthy period of time, but making use of therapy and rehabilitation practices from massage to yoga, can help you get back to normal more quickly.

6) Herniated Disc and Back Pain

Back pain and injury resulting from a car crash can be physically limiting. One of the more common injuries associated with accidents are herniated discs in a person’s back. A herniated disc occurs when one or more vertebrae in your spine either rupture or shift out of place. Sudden jolts, like the bangs and bumps that accompany a car accident, are often the cause of this medical issue. A herniated disc can cause pain and complications. Having medical professionals who have specialized training is working with back pain and health restoration can make all the difference in your recovery.

7) Knee and Joint Trauma

The sudden impact of a crash can cause your knees, or sometimes your elbows to strike the dashboard or other hard pieces of the automobile. Sharp strikes to joints can cause pain to ligaments and your kneecap or elbow. When an injury like this occurs, you might need braces, crutches, or surgery to rebuild, repair, and correct joint damage. Knees are complicated, and knee injuries can be painful.

Knee injuries incurred in a car accident are especially frustrating because they can cause difficulty walking, which can lead to a longer recovery period. Rehabilitation after a knee surgery is critical for a patient to return to normalcy as quickly as possible.

8) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Not all car accident injuries are physical. You might suffer from mental and emotional injuries because of a car accident. Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, can make things that used to be part of your daily routine difficult or impossible. Treating PTSD with calming massages has been proven effective to help veterans manage their symptoms and can help relieve some of the mental stress that builds after a traumatic accident.

How Can the Injury Care Center Help With Injuries I Sustained in a Car Accident? 

The Injury Care Center employs doctors and medical professionals that are skilled at treating injuries that arise from automobile accident. If you are suffering and need help to fully recover, contact us today.