Traffic accidents rank as the 9th leading cause of death in the world. According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT), around 1.3 million people die in road accidents each year, and an additional 20 to 50 million are injured or disabled.
While those are global statistics, the United States road crash data is nothing short of staggering. Statistics provided by ASIRT report that 37,000 people are killed in car accidents in the United States each year, while an additional 2.35 million are injured or disabled.
The injuries or disabilities that result from a car accident will vary depending on the specifics of each collision as well as the person’s location within the vehicle at the time of the accident. Still, there are some injuries that are more common than others.
The biggest factors that determine the type of injury an individual will suffer in a car accident include:
- Seatbelt use
- Angle of impact
- Position of the occupant
- Speed at impact
- Airbag deployment
Injuries as a result of a car accident lead to unnecessary emotional distress and can be a major financial burden on you and your family. The attorneys at the Law Office of Ignacio G. Martinez are well experienced in personal injury cases caused by car accidents and we are ready to fight for you and your loved ones.
Categories of Car Accident Injuries
It’s wise to be aware of the types of injuries that may result from a car accident. There are two major forms of injuries.
- Impact injuries occur when the individual is hit by or comes in contact with some part of the interior of the car.
- Penetrating injuries occur when sharp, loose objects pierce the skin resulting in cuts and scrapes.
The type of category of injury and the areas of the body affected will vary in severity.
5 Common Types of Car Accident Injuries
Serious car accidents can cause some truly horrifying injuries that can cause permanent damage and even result in disability. Regardless of the severity of your injury, it is in your best interest to visit a doctor immediately after a car accident to prevent further issues.
Five of the most common car crash injuries include:
- Head and Neck Injuries. Among the most serious car accident injuries, head injuries can range from simple strains to severe concussions. Drivers or passengers involved in high-speed collisions can suffer immediate and violent head and neck movement.
At the lower end of the injury spectrum, there is the well-known car accident injury called whiplash. If the victim’s head comes into contact with an object such as the steering wheel, dashboard, or window, a concussion or lacerations may occur. These types of traumatic brain injuries can lead to concussions.
In more serious cases, surgery may be required to alleviate internal bleeding and pressure or a coma may result in long-lasting cognitive problems. Symptoms such as disorientation, vomiting, and headaches after an accident are causes to seek immediate medical attention as these may be related to a concussion.
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- Back Injuries. Back injuries are also incredibly common in car accidents, much for the same reason whiplash or head injuries happen. The sudden impact at high-velocity can cause damage or inflammation to the spinal cord. Reduced sensation and/or control of the limbs are possible symptoms of nerve damage to the spinal cord.
Serious back injuries may result in partial or total paralysis. Herniated discs are also a possible injury, and though often less severe than spinal or head injuries, will still cause pain and discomfort.
- Chest Injuries. The most typical forms of chest injury are contusions or bruises. However, high-impact or improper passenger or driver positioning may lead to broken ribs or internal injuries. Because of their position behind the steering wheel, drivers are more likely to suffer chest injuries.
Even the force caused by airbag deployment can be significant enough to cause injury. For passengers, the force of impact coupled with the seatbelt lock can cause some bruising in the chest area.
- Broken Bones. Car accidents that occur at high-speeds or which involve roll-overs can lead to broken bones. These can be dangerous injuries as any possible internal damage is difficult to assess by EMT paramedics.
Broken bone injuries include: broken legs or arms, broken or fractured wrists or ankles, hip fractures, broken ribs, spinal injuries or skull fractures. Individuals who have suffered broken bones or fractures require immediate medical attention.
- Scrapes and Cuts. These types of penetrating injuries can also vary in severity. Any loose object inside the car at the moment of collision has the potential to cause a scrape or cut. This can include a purse, cups and mugs and phones that are lying about freely in the vehicle, or broken glass caused by the collision. Airbags may cause similar injuries to passengers.
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