The human body is remarkably resilient. However, it reaches its limit when it receives the impact of a car crash. During a collision, the body is shaken violently, internal organs may collide with each other, bones may be broken, and even the brain can move inside its cavity. The result is internal and external injuries. Where these injuries are located or how severe they are, depends on the speed of the vehicles at the moment of the crash, whether the drivers and their passengers were wearing seatbelts, and what type of accident it is.
Although car manufacturers have come a long way in improving the safety of their vehicles, there is no way to keep your body from being tossed about during a car wreck, even during a relatively minor one.
Most Common Car Accident Injuries
Depending on the direction, angle, and point of impact, you may be involved in a crash from the side, front, or rear of your car, and the accompanying injuries will show some variations in how and what parts of your body are affected.
Not only are these injuries quite common after car accidents, but they can also have unimaginable consequences in a person’s life. In general, you can suffer spinal cord injuries that result in permanent damage with their accompanying paralysis. Or a herniated disc that becomes displaced, causing pain and numbness to the extremities. However, thoracic and lumbar spine injuries which happen in either the upper or lower part of the back, are the most serious.
Injuries to Your Internal Organs
Damage to your internal organs is harder to detect in most cases, requiring a healthcare professional to diagnose it. Some of these injuries might be:● Internal bleeding● Liver damage● Kidney damage● Brain injuries● Punctured lung
Broken arms and legs, wrists, and other bones are a common result of accidents, as well as bruises and lacerations — also, injuries to the neck as a result of whiplash.
What are the most common types of car accidents?
These are the most common types of car crashes:● Rear-end collision● Side-on crash or T-bone crash● Head-on collision● Running off the road on a straight stretch when speeding or being distracted.● Running off the road on a curve when going too fast● Hitting an immovable object● Rollovers● Crashes involving multiple vehicles
When people suffer injuries in car accidents, they generally end up in the hospital facing a lengthy rehabilitation process. Sadly, some people never fully recover, while others do not survive. Fortunately, such a simple thing as wearing a seatbelt can make a huge difference in the way the body comes out after the violent movement of a car crash. Airbags have also proven to reduce the extent and severity of injuries as well as electronic stability controls that reduce the possibility of being involved in an accident.
The best weapon you have at your disposal to prevent suffering injuries is practicing safe driving. It goes without saying that you should not drink and drive, text and drive, go over posted speed limits, or engage in other distracting activities while driving.
The first steps after an accident are crucial to the impact those injuries will have on your health. Seek medical attention right away and follow all of your doctor’s instructions.