Types of Injuries in Accidents

If you’ve been injured in an accident, there are two types of injuries you might sustain.

First, though, let’s start with some facts

According to the US gov’t statistics, there are more than three million people injured each year in car, truck, and motorcycle accidents.  The types of injuries can be as varied as the accidents that caused them, but there are some that are more common than others. Most car accident injuries resolve themselves quickly, some can be much more serious and life-changing. There are two broad categories of injuries caused by car accidents: (1) impact injuries, and (2) penetrating injuries. Impact injuries? They are are when part of the person’s body hits some part of the interior of the car, such as a shoulder hitting a dashboard or the head the hitting the side window. Penetrating injuries are typically cuts and scrapes. Shattering glass or loose objects flying inside the car can cause these types of injuries. 

Often times you’ll hear attorneys, adjustors and physicians refer to “A soft tissue injury.” That’s damage to the body’s connective tissue, which means muscles, ligaments and tendons. This is the most common type of injury resulting from a car accident. One kind is  A “whiplash” type injury to the neck and upper back;  thats where muscles and ligaments are stretched due to sudden movements imposed on the head and neck in the collision.

There’s also cuts and scrapes, caused by flying projectiles thrown about the car’s interior during an accident. Like cell phones, coffee mugs, eyeglasses…Should any of these items hit your body, they can easily cause minor and in some cases, severe injuries.

I mentioned head injuries because these can be minor, or quite severe. When a car stops unexpectantly, or is hit by another car or truck, head injuries can take a number of forms, some relatively minor and others quite severe. Impact with a side window or steering wheel, bruising, lacerations can cause scrapes and bruising to the head, or even deeper lacerations. More severe collision impacts can cause a “closed head injury.” In this very serious situation, the fluid and tissue inside the skull are damaged because of the sudden movement or impact of the head. Less severe closed head injuries often result in concussions, while the most severe impacts can cause brain damage.

A Chest injury are also a common result of a car accident. These injuries typically take the form of contusions or bruises, broken ribs or internal injuries. Usually the steering wheel causes the most damage, but If a person’s body is thrown forward in a collision, even though it might not impact the steering wheel or dashboard, the chest area will still experience a high level of force against the shoulder harness or seat belt, which can cause severe bruising.

The same forces act similarly on arms and legs. Depending on the nature of the collision, injuries to your arms and legs might be mere bruises or scrapes, but sprains and even breaks can occur.Keep in mind that some injuries are not readily apparent following a car accident. Depending on the nature of the injury, it may take days, weeks, or even months for symptoms to appear. So if you are in a car accident, it is best to seek medical treatment for even the slightest discomfort or early indication of injury. 

Call us at HaroldTheLawyer.com with any question. if you been injured in an accident, let us help you get the fair and just compensation you deserve.

Call us with any question. if you been injured in an accident, let us help you get the fair and just compensation you deserve.