Common Injuries in Car Crashes

Car accidents can be extremely dangerous and can lead to serious injuries, or even death. While the severity of injuries can vary, depending on the circumstances of the collision, there are certain injuries which are commonly seen in car crashes including:

Head Injuries

Head injuries are one of the most common injuries sustained in car accidents. They can range from mild concussions to more serious traumatic brain injuries. Even if the head is not directly impacted, the sudden jolt of the collision can cause the brain to collide with the skull, leading to severe injury. Symptoms of a head injury may include headaches, dizziness, confusion, blurred vision, sensitivity to light/noise, nausea, vomiting, disorientation, and/or loss of consciousness.

To reduce the risk of head injuries, it is important to wear a seatbelt, at all times, while driving. Also, ensure that your headrest is positioned at the right height in your vehicle to provide adequate support in case of an accident.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can result in permanent paralysis (paraplegia, quadriplegia or hemiplegia), or loss of sensation/function below the level of the injury. They can occur when the spinal cord is compressed or severed during a crash. Symptoms of spinal cord injuries may include loss of movement, loss of sensation, and difficulty breathing.

To minimize the risk of spinal cord injuries, make sure you wear your seatbelt, at all times, and ensure that it is fastened correctly, and ensure you adjust your seat and headrest correctly before driving. Additionally, it is essential to follow the rules of the road, avoid reckless driving, and do not get into a vehicle with someone who is legally impaired.

Chest Injuries

Chest injuries can result from the sudden impact of a collision including hitting the steering wheel, or dashboard. These injuries can range from bruising to more severe fractures of the ribs or sternum. Symptoms of chest injuries include pain, difficulty breathing, and bruising.

To avoid chest injuries, always wear your seatbelt and ensure you adjust it properly to ensure a snug fit. It is also important to avoid driving too closely behind the vehicle in front of you to prevent sudden crashes, should they stop suddenly.

Internal Injuries

Internal injuries can occur when organs including the liver, spleen, or kidneys are damaged in a car crash. These injuries can be life-threatening and may require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of internal injuries may include: abdominal pain; dizziness; and nausea.

To minimize the risk of internal injuries, ensure that you wear your seatbelt properly and follow the rules of the road. In addition, never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, which can impair your reaction time and judgement.

Fractures or Worse

Limb injuries can occur when the arms or legs are impacted in a car accident. These injuries can range from bruises to more severe tears, fractures, or even amputations in some cases. Symptoms of limb injuries may include pain, numbness, tingling, swelling, and/or difficulty moving.

Our goal is to provide practical tips and recommendations for staying safe on the road while driving and avoiding all kinds of injuries.

To reduce the risk of concussions, traumatic brain injuries, tears, fractures, the loss of a limb, spinal cord injuries (paraplegia, quadriplegia and hemiplegia), always wear your seatbelt and ensure that it is properly adjusted. Additionally, drive carefully, do not drink and drive, or get into a vehicle with someone who is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, and avoid driving while fatigued, which may further impair your judgement and reaction time.

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