When a person is involved in a car accident, the injuries that he or she suffers will likely be dependent on the speed in which his or her vehicle or the other car was traveling, and other factors, such as the number or vehicles and the types of vehicles involved.
There are a wide range of injuries associated with car accidents. The following are some of the most common injuries that people suffer following a car crash.
Injuries to the neck
The impact of a car crash, even a very minor one, can cause a person's head to jerk forward. This impact movement can cause temporary or permanent injuries to the neck such as neck strain and whiplash. As long as only the neck is affected, though, the injury should not be very serious.
Brain damage and injury to the head
Unfortunately, some of the most severe damage that can occur in a car accident might not be seen physically. One of the biggest concerns doctors have about a person involved in a significant car accident is whether he or she has suffered any brain damage. The force of the impact can cause internal bleeding in the skull, and brain damage could even create a situation in which the person becomes completely brain dead.
Injuries to the spinal cord
The spinal cord is responsible for directing movement in the entire body, so damage to the spinal cord in a car crash can create paralysis in some parts of the body.
Car crashes can change the lives of people involved and their families. Unfortunately, some car crashes are caused by actions of negligence from other drivers. Knowing your rights can help you recoup damages from those who are to blame.
Source: Car Accident Info, "Common Injuries," accessed Nov. 17, 2017