Common Car Accident InjuriesTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. May 17, 2019
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 2 million people are injured in car accidents every year. Car accidents occur every day in Florida, and car accidents can cause serious injury to almost any part of the body. Car accident injuries depend on a variety of factors, but there are some common injuries that can occur.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain injuries can occur in a car accident as the result of someone’s head hitting the steering wheel, dashboard, or side window. In a traumatic brain injury, the brain’s function can be disrupted. These injuries can range from mild, such as a concussion, to severe, such as an injury that results in permanent cognitive impairment. Car accident injuries can also include skull fractures that can potentially cause permanent damage.
Injuries such as whiplash are commonly the result of car accidents. Whiplash occurs when there is a sudden jolt of the neck in a back and forth motion. Whiplash frequently occurs in rear-end collisions. Whiplash can cause serious damage to the ligaments in the neck and can result in lasting pain and a decreased range of motion.
Back injuries are also common car accident injuries. Damage to the spinal cord can result in significant nerve damage and can lead to reduced feeling and control in the limbs. A serious spinal cord fracture can even lead to paralysis. Bulging or slipped discs tend to be less severe than a fracture but can still cause a victim significant problems. Victims may experience pain, numbing, and tingling sensations in their limbs.
The impact of a car accident can also result in bone fractures. Facial fractures can be caused by hitting the steering wheel or the dashboard. Chest, rib, and clavicle fractures can also result from an impact with the steering wheel. Arm and leg fractures can result from a side-impact collision that causes the body to hit the side of the vehicle.
Contact a Florida Car Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may want an experienced car accident attorney on your side. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have over 30 years of experience helping Floridians injured in car accidents. Contact us online or call us at 800-538-4878 to set up your free, no-obligation consultation today.