Car accident injuries are estimated to be the eighth leading cause of death worldwide. These injuries can range from minor fractures and bruises to more serious and permanent brain and spinal cord injuries. In general, the more severe the car accident, the more severe the injuries. However, it is important to know that even accidents that occur at low speeds can result in serious and chronic injuries, especially if not treated quickly. So, what are the most common car accident injuries?
The 5 Most Common Car Accident Injuries
1. Head Injuries
Head injuries are some of the most serious car accident injuries because they can often result in permanent brain damage and disability. Sadly, an accident victim who suffers a blow to the head may never fully recover. They may have an altered personality, suffer from emotional distress, or be unable to fully care for themselves. It is estimated that a serious and traumatic brain injury can cost accident victims and their families more than $4 million over the course of their lifetime.
2. Neck Injuries
Neck injuries can range from minor strains and sprains to more severe spinal cord damage. Whiplash injuries are usually not severe or life-threatening, but they can result in a significant amount of pain and stiffness. Even worse, 42% of whiplash injuries will transition into chronic conditions, requiring years of treatment to overcome.
3. Facial Injuries
Facial trauma, including scrapes, bruises, lacerations and fractures often occur when the car accident victim experiences contact with a steering wheel, window, dashboard or airbag. Because our face is what the outside world sees first, facial disfigurement can lead to significant pain and suffering, as well as psychological issues.
Broken bones are a common injury after a car accident and can be caused by the force of the crash or by being compressed during the collision. These injuries often require multiple hospitalizations, surgeries, and therapies to fix. However, in some cases, broken bones never quite heal completely and result in chronic pain and limited mobility.
5. Back Injuries
More than 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Sadly, many of those injuries will be caused by car accidents. Back injuries can range from minor sprains and muscle pulls to more serious spinal cord injuries. Herniated or bulging discs are a common back injury after a car crash. When the delicate discs of the lower back are compromised, they can put pressure on the nearby nerves, causing tremendous pain, numbness, weakness in the extremities, and limited mobility. More serious spinal cord injuries can cause severe pain, permanent and complete paralysis, or even death.
Injured in a New Jersey Car Accident?
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