Common Car Accident Injuries
Brain & Head Trauma
Although symptoms could be mild – the brain is always jostled after a car collision. With such quick sudden jerks, the force of impact can result in brain swelling and irritation. This is why Brain & Head trauma are some of the most common and debilitating injuries following being hit or hitting an object violently (called a traumatic brain injury) .
It’s been estimated that neck injuries can occur with as little as 5 miles per hour. Neck injuries can occur in more mild forms such as whiplash and neck strain, to more serious injuries like cervical dislocation, ligament damage and disc rupture.
The lower back is the most common site of back injuries, including sprains and strains, herniated discs and fractured vertebrae. These injuries can cause pain and limit your mobility Sometimes the symptoms of even the most serious back injuries can take some time to show up after an accident. Unfortunately, back injury can cause long lasting pain and discomfort.
Spinal Cord Trauma
When an injury is extensive, spinal cord trauma can occur. It’s highly likely to have spinal cord trauama when displaced bone fragments, disc material, or ligaments bruise or tear into spinal cord tissue, destroying nerve cells that carry signals up and down the spinal cord between the brain and the rest of the body. Damage to the spinal cord often results in a loss of function or feeling.
Motor vehicle accidents involving severe injuries and even loss of life, can result in drivers and passengers suffering short or long-term psychological injuries such as emotional distress, posttraumatic stress disorder, persistent anxiety and depression. These psychological injuries can affect every facet of a person’s life and have long-lasting effects.