Common Car Accident Injuries
Some of the injuries most commonly seen in Washington DC, accidents include:
- Whiplash and neck injuries – Even a low-speed crash can create enough force to cause serious whiplash injuries to the occupants of a vehicle. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of many types of neck injuries in the United States.
- Back injuries – Although the back is extremely flexible, a car crash can force the spine to flex beyond its normal range, resulting in a back injury. A collision can also damage various parts of the spine, including the spinal cord, which may leave a victim paralyzed.
- Traumatic brain injuries – Someone who is ejected from a vehicle or whose head impacts anything inside of the vehicle could suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A violent jerking motion, common in car accidents, could cause a TBI as well.
- Fractures and broken bones – Fractures of the arms or legs are common injuries for both drivers and passengers in a car accident. Broken bones in the face, hands and feet are also common in crashes, as are broken ribs and fractures of the pelvis.
- Burns – When a car accident leads to a fire, a victim can be injured by direct contact with the fire if the victim is trapped in the vehicle. Burns can also result from contact with hot surfaces or chemicals during a crash.
- Internal injuries – These are among the most potentially serious of all car accident injuries. A victim may not realize that he or she has suffered internal injuries without a thorough medical examination after the accident.
- Foot, ankle and knee injuries – The driver of a vehicle that is involved in a car accident is especially prone to foot, ankle and knee injuries when the lower extremities make contact with the dashboard, pedals, floorboards or other hard surfaces during a crash.
- Lacerations – A victim may suffer serious cuts from broken glass, airbag deployment, contact with the vehicle’s structure or other trauma. Lacerations on the face may result in lifelong scars that cause disfigurement.
- Pain, suffering and emotional trauma – The emotional impact of a car accident should not be underestimated. Victims of even a relatively minor collision may be deeply emotionally traumatized by the experience. Victims of a catastrophic accident can even suffer serious psychological trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
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