Auto accidents are all too common in the United States. According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, 2.35 million people are injured or disabled in road crashes every year in the U.S.
These injuries range from minor to catastrophic. The true nature and extent of injury is not always immediately obvious at the time of an accident, so it is best to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Here are four of the most common types of injuries that occur after an auto accident.
One of the most common injuries sustained from a car accident is whiplash. It happens when the collision makes your head move forward or to the side suddenly. Whiplash strains ligaments in your neck. The good news is whiplash usually resolves itself over time; however, some neck injuries can be much more serious than a simple strain, and may cause pain for years.
Back injuries range from minor to life changing. Vehicle accidents can cause back strain or herniated discs. These injuries will be painful and may affect your mobility. Some may require rehabilitative care.
Spinal cord injuries occur when pieces of bone, disc or ligaments dislodge and either bruise or tear your spinal cord. This can damage nerve cells that carry signals from your spinal cord to the rest of your body. Damaged nerve cells may cause you to lose feeling in part of your body and can affect your ability to walk.
Brain and Head Injuries
During an accident, your head may collide with an object or be hit by an object. This can cause a concussion. A concussion occurs when your brain is severely shaken inside your head. Some concussions are mild and only require rest and supervision. Other concussions are more severe and might require hospitalization. If you are vomiting or disoriented, your concussion could be severe.
A traumatic brain injury occurs when your skull collides violently with an object. The force of impact can cause the brain to bleed or swell. These types of injuries typically require hospitalization and possibly surgery. A traumatic brain injury can have long lasting physical consequences.
The impact of the steering wheel can result in fractured ribs. This can be a minor injury, or the ribs can puncture your lungs or other organs. You can also have damage to internal organs like the kidneys, bowels, liver, lungs or heart. These injuries are severe, and you should seek medical treatment immediately.
If your injuries require prolonged medical care, you may want to contact an experienced personal injury attorney. They can help you secure the needed resources to pay for your medical bills and care.