(Gloucestercitynews.net)(June 3, 2020)--There are over 6 million car accidents per year in the United States, which is a massive figure. No matter where you live or what type of vehicle you drive, there is always the chance of an accident occurring unexpectedly. It's crucial to take all the necessary precautions to ensure a car accident doesn't happen in the first place by obeying the rules of the road and driving safely. There are specific injuries that are the most common after an accident, and it's good to be aware of them.
What to do if you've been injured in a car accident?
If you have been injured during a car accident, the best thing you can do is work with a qualified lawyer to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Choose someone who has experience dealing with car accidents, knows what you're entitled to, and how to make sure that you get it.
The most common car accident injuries
- Cuts and bruises
The most common of all injuries from car accidents is cuts and bruises. These injuries are usually relatively mild but are still painful. Open wounds may also put you at risk for infection. Cuts and bruises typically occur as a result of the impact and items from within your vehicle hitting you. You may get hit by your phone or anything else you have lying around in your car, for example.
Whiplash is a type of injury to your tendons, ligaments, or muscles, which occurs when your body jerks around at a speed that it usually doesn't. It is common to get whiplash from the impact of running into another vehicle or structure and is most common in the neck. Whiplash will cause a strain to your soft tissues and takes a long time to heal.
- Broken ribs
Due to the position of the steering wheel, broken ribs are a common injury because of a car accident. It doesn't take much to break a rib since they are quite fragile. The pressure of impact when your ribs slam into your steering wheel can often cause them to break. Broken ribs make it painful to breathe as your lungs will press against them as your inhale. They are painful in general and require lots of rest to heal.
- Head trauma
Head injuries are hazardous and not to be taken lightly. If you get in a car accident, you may be thrown about and hit your head, even if you are wearing your seatbelt. Smashing your head into the steering wheel, dashboard, or windows can cause anything from a mild concussion to traumatic brain injuries. Brain injuries can lead to long-term damage if not treated properly and are sometimes hard to diagnose. They can impair brain function and cause headaches and trouble sleeping.
Post-traumatic stress disorder can be common after a car accident. Not all injuries are physical, and a car accident can take a toll on your mentally and psychologically. Many people will struggle to drive again due to the trauma and fear of an accident happening again. PTSD can even prevent people from getting into a vehicle at all.