Despite all the advanced features and brilliant engineering that goes into
designing our modern cars to make them safer, car accidents are still
extremely dangerous and could result in serious injuries. However, certain
types of injuries are still more common than others. There are many reasons
for this, such as the nature of most car accidents, the ease with which
certain parts on the body are injured, and several other factors. Let’s
take a closer look at the top five most common types of car accident injuries—if
you have recently been in a serious car accident, it’s very likely
that you’ve sustained one on some level.
Whiplash is a condition where the sudden jerking of the neck causes damage
to the fibers in the neck muscles, and perhaps the single most common
car accident injury. While most instances are just a few days of neck
soreness, serious cases sometimes need additional attention and a week
or two of rest to fully recover, along with possible therapy. Disc herniation
is another possible injury, which is rarer, but far more difficult to
overcome, often requiring surgery and extensive therapy.
Leg & Knee Injuries
Car accident injuries are not reserved to just the upper body, in fact
lower body injuries are also fairly common. In a serious accident, it’s
not uncommon for a driver to get thrown forward and have their knees,
shins, or ankles thrust into the dashboard or baseboard of the car. Cuts,
bruises, sprains, strains, and more are all at a significant risk in accidents,
and more serious cases could even result in knee tendons being torn or
joints coming dislocated.
Broken bones are also fairly common. Sudden, powerful impacts can create
immense force, causing bones to quickly and suddenly break. Broken bones
can come in all sorts of severities as well. While minor fractures and
some breaks can be repaired by simply setting the bone and putting it
in a cast, others might require reconstructive surgery and need screws
or pins to fully heal. The most serious bone breaks are “compound
fractures,” in which t the bone pierces through the skin and sticks
out, which are both extraordinarily painful and place the victim at a
high risk of infection.
Concussions are an extremely common car accident injury, and are the result
of the brain being suddenly shaken inside the skull. This often comes
from a major head impact, such as hitting your head against a window or
the steering wheel. However, impact isn’t mandatory for a concussion
to occur—a sudden, violent jerk of the head can cause the injury.
A mild concussion will usually sort itself out over time with lots of rest,
sleep, and a lowered amount of stress in order to allow the brain to fully
heal. However, more serious cases can result in symptoms like vomiting,
severe nausea, loss of orientation, headaches, light sensitivity, and more.
Your back muscles may be some of the strongest and most durable in your
body, but the spinal column they protect is fragile, and prone to damage
from sudden impacts or violent twisting. Your spine also houses your spinal
cord, the central and most important part of your nervous system. Any
serious damage to this part of your body could result in potentially chronic
pain and even loss of mobility or bodily function if any part of it were
to sustain permanent damage.
Have you suffered a serious injury in a car accident? Speak with a Kingston
car accident attorney as soon as possible! At
Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, we can provide you with nearly 85 years of practice in order to help
you face your injury claim with confidence. We have served numerous clients
all throughout the Hudson River valley, and all across the country. Our
dedicated client service and skillful approach to each case has earned
us numerous accolades, including selection to Super Lawyers®.
If you have suffered injuries in a car accident, call
Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor today by dialing 845.340.4878 to learn more about your options or discuss
your case for free!