The nature and severity of the injuries suffered in a car accident usually depend on the intensity of the crash. Some of the most common injuries sustained in a car accident include:
This may include brain injuries, concussions or contusions that could result in memory issues, seizures or loss of consciousness. The extent of the injury depends on its location and severity.
Back and neck injuries
The impact of a car accident and the resulting torque on the bodies of the vehicle’s occupants can cause sprains, strains, fractures, disc injuries and spinal injuries. In the case of neck injuries such as whiplash, the symptoms may not even surface until after several days.
Chest and abdomen injuries
It is common in moderate to severe severe collisions to have residual bruising from the seatbelt pulling taut upon impact across the chest, shoulders, and abdomen. It is important to capture evidence of any bruising in these areas with photographs.
These injuries range in severity from scrapes and scratches to jaw and dental fractures.
In severe car accidents, internal organs may become damaged.
Victims of car accidents could suffer serious psychological problems including depression and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Should I Seek Medical Treatment?
Many car accident injuries are obvious right away. However, some injuries may not be apparent. Some victims are dazed and confused immediately after a crash and may not realize that they are hurt. Some injuries or symptoms may not surface for days or weeks after an accident. This is why it is critical that you seek medical attention for the injuries you suspect you have and also get a precautionary examination for injuries that may not be as obvious.