A car accident involves violent gravitational forces that throw passengers and drivers against the insides of their vehicles. Accidents also create the possibility for ejection from the car, and for catastrophic crushing injuries. As a quick review, let’s take a look at three of the most common types of car accident injuries that vehicle drivers and their passengers commonly suffer from after a serious collision:
1. Head injuries
The head is particularly sensitive to injury because it contains the brain. In a high-speed collision, even if a vehicle occupant is wearing a seat belt, the head could crash against the windows, vehicle frame or steering wheel. In fact, the head does not have to hit something directly, but simply getting whipped around could cause bruising and tearing within the sensitive brain tissue resulting in permanently disabling traumatic brain injuries.
2. Neck injuries
We’ve all heard of whiplash, which is perhaps the most common type of car accident injury. The neck is vulnerable to injury in a vehicle accident as the head moves back and forth due to strong g-forces. The bones, muscles and ligaments of the neck could be strained, broken or torn, requiring long-term medical treatment to heal.
3. Back injuries
Back injuries — particularly those that result in the breaking of backbones or the severing of spinal cord tissues — come with severe consequences, such as permanent paralysis. If a severe back injury doesn’t cause paralysis, however, it could cause the victim to suffer from chronic, lifelong pain.
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a vehicle accident, you may want to consider how you can go about seeking damages from the party or parties at fault for the incident. In some cases, individuals injured in car accidents have the law on their side when it comes to the pursuit of financial compensation.