The Most Common Types of Auto Accident Injuries
Car accidents are one of the country’s leading causes of injury. In 2012, there were 281,340 reported car accidents in Florida — a 23.4 percent increase from the prior year — which led to 198,032 reported injuries. Although car accident injuries vary from crash to crash and person to person, some injuries are more commonly seen than others. Read on for an overview of some of the most common car accident injuries.
- Head injury. Both drivers and passengers involved in high-speed car accidents can hit their heads on windows, dashboards and steering wheels. This type of impact can lead to many types of traumatic brain injury, including concussions, comas and long-lasting cognitive problems. Other types of impact-related head injury include skull fractures, vision problems and hearing loss.
- Back injury. Back injuries are fairly common after car accidents. Any spinal cord damage can lead to nerve damage, which can cause symptoms such as reduced sensation in the hands, arms, feet, legs and other body parts. Serious spinal cord injury can cause paralysis.
- Neck injury. The most common neck injury after a car accident is whiplash. This is caused by a sudden movement of the head, often caused by a rear-end collision. Whiplash can cause serious ligament and muscle damage in the neck, characterized by pain and swelling.
- Chest injuries. Car accidents can sometimes cause blunt force trauma, often affecting a person’s chest and trunk. This type of trauma can cause broken ribs and even collapsed lungs. People with heart problems have also been known to go into cardiac arrest after a serious accident, and internal damage to the organs, abdomen and pelvis can also result.
If you are suffering from an injury caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be able to take legal action to recover damages. Meet with a skilled Sarasota auto accident lawyer to learn more about your options.
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