Car accidents can injure virtually any part of your body. From high-impact pileups to minor fender benders, every crash comes with the possibility of serious injury. The types of physical trauma you’re at risk of sustaining in a car accident can depend on a number of factors, including how fast you were going and whether you were wearing a seatbelt.
Car accidents can happen to anyone, so it always pays to be prepared for the worst. Join us as we look at some of the most common car accident injuries.
Occurring when any part of the head hits an object at high speed, head injuries can trigger a wide range of symptoms, including:
- Dizziness and nausea
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory problems
- Permanent cognitive impairment (in severe cases).
Since every head injury is different, getting diagnosed is rarely a straightforward process. Depending on the type of trauma your brain has suffered, the road to recovery can be long and complicated. It may take time to determine the full impact of the injury and the best course of treatment.
It’s important to remember that the symptoms associated with head injuries can appear slowly – even if you feel perfectly fine, you should always get checked out by a doctor after hitting your head in a car accident.
Even low-speed motor vehicle accidents can cause serious damage to your neck. When a car brakes suddenly or collides with a solid object, its occupants will typically be thrown backwards and then forwards without warning. This can put the muscles, ligaments and bones in the neck under a huge amount of strain, causing them to stretch beyond their usual range of movement. The resulting injury is known as whiplash.
Causing chronic pain and stiffness, it’s not uncommon for people who’ve sustained whiplash to experience limited range of movement. Recovering from this type of injury can require months of physiotherapy and pain management.
Spinal Cord Injuries
When it comes to car crash injuries, damage to the spinal cord is rated among the most serious. Commonly associated with high-impact crashes, injuries to this part of the body can occur when the bones, ligaments, muscles or tissue in the spinal cord get bruised or torn. Damage to the spinal cord can potentially impair the nerves that carry signals between the brain and the rest of the body, causing a loss of sensation.
In serious cases, spinal cord injuries can cause permanent paralysis. Many people with this kind of injury require ongoing medical care, home modifications and mobility aids.
Since the chest area contains so many vital organs, it’s extremely vulnerable to life-threatening injuries in car accidents. Blunt force trauma can cause the ribs to break and the lungs to collapse, making it difficult (and extremely painful) for the injured person to breathe properly. People with existing heart conditions are also more prone to going into cardiac arrest after sustaining chest injuries in a car accident.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Sinnamon Lawyers to find out how we can help you get your life back on track.