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Common Car Accident Injuries

Common Car Accident Injuries

In 2017 alone, 1.8 million injuries resulted from police-reported car crashes, according to data from the NHTSA. Add to that the injuries that may not have been reported, and it evident that car accidents are a massive national health crisis.

After an accident, it is vital that you seek medical attention for those that need it. Often, the adrenaline of a car accident can mask symptoms, so it’s essential to calm down and assess how you feel. Here are some of the common car accident injuries and their symptoms.

Whiplash

Whiplash is common in rear-end collisions, which account for 40% of car accidents in the country, according to the NHTSA. When your car absorbs an impact from the rear, your head and neck often violently jerks forward. When your neck strains to stabilize your head, it can cause multiple small tears in your muscles.

This ends up causing symptoms of pain, tightness, decreased range of motion, and headaches. These symptoms can begin presenting themselves mere minutes after an accident or may not be noticed for a few days. It all depends on the person.

You may need to see a medical professional if you suffer from whiplash, but in the meantime, icing the area can reduce swelling and pain.

Cuts and Scrapes

Cuts and scrapes are relatively typical injuries from car accidents. The immense amount of force caused by car accidents can cause loose objects to fly around the interior of your car. Cell phones, bags or purses, and hard water bottles can easily cause a cut during a car accident. Even your airbag deploying can cause cuts.

Some cuts won’t require serious medical attention, though stitches may be necessary.

Head Injuries

Head injuries can be severe and require close monitoring. What first may appear to be a mild concussion can be something much more serious, like a hematoma. Someone with a head injury should seek medical attention and should be closely watched for worsening symptoms.

Speaking of symptoms, these are the ones you should watch out for:

  • Persistent Headache

  • Sleepiness

  • Pupil Irregularities

  • Slurred Speech

  • Nausea and Vomiting

  • Loss of Consciousness

If you notice any of these symptoms, especially if they are getting worse over time, you likely should go to the Emergency Room and see a doctor.

Other Injuries

Of course, car accidents often cause other injuries. Chest and rib injuries can result from your body impacting the steering wheel or airbag. Knee and back injuries are also relatively common.

Mental trauma is also a typical result of a car accident. Understand that these issues are treatable and controllable, and you are not alone.

Call Manning Law today at (800) 783-5006 if you have been injured in a car accident and need help building your case.

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