4 Most Common Car Accident Injuries
Most Common Car Accident InjuriesThe injuries most often experienced after a car accident fall into four categories and can range from minor to life-threatening, most often influenced by the factors above.
- Musculoskeletal injuries – This may sound unfamiliar, but these injuries include whiplash and other injuries to nerves, tendons, muscles, and other soft tissues. Effects include pain, stiffness, swelling, and loss of range of motion. Whiplash is caused by the rapid back and forth movement of the head from the impact of an accident. It can take up to 72 hours to present symptoms and can range from minor to long-term damage.
- Blunt force trauma – Most commonly experienced in the head, chest, and knees. Concussions are the result of blunt force trauma, these injuries can be quite dangerous as symptoms may take several hours to present themselves and severe concussions can be deadly. Symptoms can include headache, confusion, pressure, and loss of consciousness.
- Fractures – Often caused by blunt force or compression on impact, fractures can occur in any bone in the body. Fractures commonly experienced include the skull, facial bones, neck, ribs, and extremities. Symptoms to watch for include pain, swelling, stiffness, and numbness. Chest injuries include the risk of puncturing a lung, and any shortness of breath should be examined immediately by a medical professional.
- Emotional trauma – It is quite natural to experience some anxiety and depression after a car accident. Anxiety and depression, when still present weeks or even months after an accident, should be evaluated by a medical professional because there is the potential for long-term effects such as PTSD.
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