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The Most Common Car Accident Injuries to Be Ready For

Updated on November 14, 2016

With over 600 car accidents occurring in Florida every single day, vehicle collisions are one of the most common causes of serious injuries in the state. Because of this it’s important that people know what the most common types of injuries are, what they look like, and what they should do about them after a car accident.

Whiplash & Back Injuries

The most common type of car accident injury is whiplash. Whiplash describes the way the injury is received more than the specific damage, and essentially covers all the injuries that sudden deceleration can cause to the neck and spine.

Common symptoms of whiplash include neck or back pain, stiffness, swelling, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, and headaches. Since most of the more serious whiplash symptoms won’t develop for hours or days after the actual accident, it’s highly recommended that you seek medical attention immediately after an accident, even if you’re not in serious pain yet.

Whiplash can describe relatively minor injuries as well as much more serious issues like herniated discs and spinal nerve damage. You don’t necessarily have to suffer whiplash in a car accident, it’s also relatively common in contact sports or bicycle accidents.

Head Injuries

Whiplash in car accidents occurs because your head is the one thing you can’t strap down while you’re driving a car. When a collision occurs, your head snaps forward, and your neck suffers injuries. Obviously, your head often also doesn’t come out of it unscathed, especially if you aren’t wearing a seatbelt.

Common head injuries from car accidents can include lacerations, concussions, and traumatic brain injuries. It’s absolutely crucial that you get examined by a doctor after your accident to be assessed for head injuries. Since many of the most serious symptoms won’t appear immediately, it’s not unheard of for someone to walk away from a crash, only to suffer serious and possibly fatal injuries as a result of brain swelling or hemorrhaging.

Leg Injuries

The other end of your body that ends up absorbing a lot of impact is your legs, and those often suffer injuries during an accident as well. These are also much more common in cases where the person isn’t wearing a seatbelt, which can slam their entire body at the front of the car, often legs-first.

Being highly complex limbs, there are a huge number of highly specific injuries that you can suffer, including, most notably:

  • Ruptured Tendons

  • Broken leg, foot, and toe bones

  • Compound Fractures

  • Knee & Ankle Dislocations

  • Hyperextension of the knee or ankle

  • Permanent Ligament Damage

While they can be extremely painful and debilitating, leg injuries are rarely fatal in car accidents on their own. Don’t let that stop you from taking all possible precautions to keep yourself as protected as possible though. If you do suffer an injury to your legs or feet, don’t try to walk or put stress on them until a doctor has had a chance to look over your injuries. This can protect you from suffering further injuries.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, and this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any illnesses. If you have suffered a serious injury you should seek the opinion of a licensed medical professional immediately.


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