Car accidents are wildly unpredictable. As a result, the injuries incurred are wide-ranging and can often be unique. The speed, angle, and position of the impact all influence the type of accident sustained, as do the driver and passenger’s weight, whether or not they were wearing a seatbelt, and what other objects and people were in the car.
With so many factors, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what injuries will be sustained in a traffic accident. However, there are a handful of minor injuries that consistently crop up in drivers and passengers involved in car accidents. If you have suffered any of these injuries in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, it is always worth consulting a car accident lawyer to find out if you have a personal injury case.
Whiplash can permanently reduce neck mobility
Whiplash is easily the most common injury resulting from minor car accidents, particularly rear-end collisions. When the car is jolted suddenly, the force often causes the driver and passenger’s neck to whip back suddenly.
This can cause damage to the muscles and tendons in the neck, reducing mobility, causing stiffness, and often, considerable pain. Victims suffering from whiplash should see a physician at the earliest opportunity to ensure there is no further damage.
Back injuries may not appear right away
Back injuries are also exceptionally common among car accident victims. They are not always the easiest to detect. After the spine absorbs a significant impact, it does not always present symptoms of trauma immediately. This is why, even if you don’t feel pain, you should always get checked over by a doctor following a car accident.
You can get a concussion even if your head doesn’t hit anything
Concussion can be caused by the victim’s head being vigorously thrown back and forth, even if their head doesn’t actually come into contact with anything. The vigorous motion will cause the brain to strike the victim’s skull, leading to a concussion.
As with back injuries, concussion victims do not always experience symptoms immediately. Most physicians recommend watching a patient with head injuries for 24 hours for signs of dizziness, confusion or vomiting to ensure they are not concussed.
The most common bone breakages are in the extremities
Your hands, feet, arms, and legs are the most likely bones to be broken in a car accident. Because your arms and hands are gripping the steering wheel, which can often be jolted and sent moving in an unexpected direction, they are vulnerable to breakages.
Emotional injuries are just as important as physical ones
Many victims of car accidents only weight up the physical injuries when considering a personal injury claim, but emotional injuries should be given equal attention. Anxiety and depression are common following a serious car accident and can require extensive psychological treatment or therapy to cure.
Similarly, many road users find it difficult to get back in a car or drive in the area where the accident occurred. These psychological wounds take time to heal, just as physical wounds do, and need to be treated carefully.