Car crashes tend to cause severe or even catastrophic injuries. While some injuries are easily identified at the scene, others may not show symptoms for days or even weeks. Although no one anticipates getting into a car crash, it’s crucial that every driver is able to identify the five most common car crash injuries.
These are some of the more common car accident injuries:
Neck and Lower Back Injuries
Lacerations and Scars
1. Broken Bones
Broken bones are more common in catastrophic collisions. Limb fractures are especially common in a head-on collision. Also, beware of broken ribs; if you feel a sharp tinge in your side after a crash, see a doctor ASAP. Broken ribs can lead to internal bleeding and organ damage.
2. Head Injuries
During a crash, your body may jolt forward and back. This can cause you to hit your head on the dashboard, the vehicle’s frame, the steering wheel, or impact against a deploying airbag. Be sure to get checked for a concussion immediately after a crash; head injuries are very serious but may not display symptoms for several hours.
3. Neck or Lower Back Injuries
Back and neck injuries can occur in nearly any type of car accident. In a severe crash, you may suffer a herniated disc, meaning your spine becomes misaligned. Unfortunately, a back injury often results in lifelong damages and pain.
4. Knee Injuries
Even when you’re seated properly and wearing your seatbelt, a serious car crash can force your knees into the dashboard. This can cause ligaments in your knee to weaken or even tear, leading to extreme pain and difficulty walking. Crash-related knee injuries are often serious and may require surgery.
5. Lacerations and Scars
A lot happens during a crash; glass breaks, the car changes shape, and passengers bounce around the cabin. It’s no surprise then that lacerations are some of the most common injuries in a severe car crash. Even with stitches, these injuries often heal into permanent scars.
If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries in a car crash, our Rochester car accident attorneys are here to help. If you’d like to schedule a free case consultation with an experienced attorney from Faraci Lange, LLP, please don’t hesitate to send us an email or call (888) 997-4110. We’re here to help.