Accidents involving cars are the leading cause of injury. Nearly 6.6 million car accidents were reported in 2019. About 42,000 traffic accidents were reported as fatal in 2020. Another 4.8 million caused injuries. They can cause immense damage. Car accidents are estimated to cost the US $871 billion annually — roughly $900 per person in the United States.
Although car accident injuries can vary from one person to another and from one crash to the next, certain vehicle-related injuries are quite common. This article will provide a brief overview of the most common injuries from car accidents. A doctor can provide more information about a case.
Injuries to the Head and Back
Head injuries are the most serious injuries in a car accident. High-speed collisions between passengers and drivers can cause head injuries. These impacts can result in traumatic brain injuries. They can range from mild concussions, to comas, and even permanent cognitive problems. These injuries often require extensive medical care and long-term medical care. Also, head injuries can lead to brain fractures, hearing loss, or vision problems.
Common injuries to the back include: Nerve damage can result from any damage to the spine. Some patients may feel less sensation and control in their arms, legs, and feet. More severe forms of spinal damage can cause permanent paralysis.
A herniated disc is another common injury in car accidents. Although this is less serious than head or spinal injuries, it can still cause significant problems. Many patients experience numbness or tingling sensations, muscle weakness and arm or leg pain.
Neck and chest injuries
Whiplash is the most common car accident injury. A whiplash injury is a sudden movement of the neck and head (such as in a rear-end collision). This can lead to severe neck muscle and ligament injuries. Depending on the severity of the injury and the individual involved, whiplash injuries may vary from one person to the next. It is quite common to experience generalized neck pain and swelling. Patients can also experience temporary vocal cord paralysis following a car accident.
Trauma to the chest area can cause serious injuries. Blunt force trauma caused by car accidents can result in broken ribs or collapsed lungs. Traumatic cardiac arrest can occur in people with heart conditions. An accident can cause internal bleeding in the chest. Other injuries include damage to the abdomen, pelvis, internal organs and pelvis. These types of injuries need immediate medical attention.
Other car accident injuries
Common injuries to the arms, legs and feet include broken bones, fractures of the hands, fingers, wrists, ankles, and knees. In addition to the injuries mentioned above, pedestrian accidents can cause leg and foot damage.
Motorcyclists who are involved in an accident with a vehicle can sustain more severe and permanent injuries. Broken bones, ligament damage (such as a torn anterior cruciate ligament) and even severed legs are all possible. Motorcyclists have a significantly higher fatality rate than drivers and passengers in cars.
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Emotional distress is another common injury after a car accident. Most people ride or drive in a car with their friends and family. As well as the victims, those who were involved in serious car accidents can suffer emotional traumas. It is common to receive counseling and treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder or similar psychological injuries.
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