According to the Texas Department of Transportation, last year there was a person injured in a car accident every 2 minutes and 8 seconds. Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of injury in the United States, and in 2015 there were more than 17,000 people who sustained serious injuries during a car accident just in the state of Texas. While some car accident injuries are minor, more serious injuries require medical attention and could lead to permanent disabilities.
The severity of the injuries depends on a number of factors including the direction of the impact, how the person was seated and what direction their body was turned in, and the speed of the vehicles involved in the accident.
Head and back injuries
During a collision, drivers and passengers may hit their head against windows, the dashboard, or steering wheels. This can result in mild concussions or more serious brain trauma including comas and brain damage. Head injuries can lead to problems vision and hearing. Back injuries are also common, and any damage to the spinal cord can cause nerve damage. Nerve damage can result in loss of sensation or control over many body parts, including arms, legs, hands, and feet.
You’ve probably heard of whiplash, which is a common car accident injury caused by sudden movement in the neck and head. This often happens during a rear end collision and it can result in serious damage to the neck muscles and ligaments. You may experience general neck pain and swelling
Because the steering wheel provides little area for movement during a car accident, many drivers experience chest injuries. If a person’s body is thrust forward during the accident, they may suffer bruising from the force from a seatbelt or even the steering wheel or dashboard. In severe cases, they may suffer from broken ribs or internal damage.
Loose objects in the vehicle can become dangerous during an accident. This includes a number of common objects found inside of vehicles such as GPS systems, cell phones, coffee mugs, and even eyeglasses. Cuts and scrapes are common during car accidents, and more serious cuts can result in loss of blood and will require stitches.
Many injuries suffered during a car accident can go unnoticed for days or even weeks. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort after being involved in a car accident you should seek medical attention.