The force of a sudden stop or a collision in a car crash can be powerful. Even if you are involved in a relatively minor collision, you could suffer a major injury.
Here are three of the most common car crash injuries, all of which require prompt medical attention.
1. Neck injuries
Neck injuries are especially common to victims of rear-end collisions. The impact, even at low speed, causes the head to snap forward and backward violently, and the result can be whiplash or even a traumatic injury to the cervical area of the spine. A rush of adrenalin can mask pain temporarily, so you may not be aware of symptoms for hours or even days after the crash. Red flags include dizziness, nausea, headache and balance issues.
2. Shoulder injuries
The shoulder is a complex joint that can easily suffer injury in a car crash. Fractures can occur in more than one area, often requiring surgery followed by physical therapy. Shoulder injuries are often serious enough to cause reduced mobility and ongoing discomfort.
3. Head and brain injuries
Along with falls, motor vehicle accidents are among the major causes of traumatic brain injury. Most brain injuries result from a blow suffered on impact. The crash can cause the victim’s head to hit the steering wheel or windshield, for example. Healing from a skull fracture can take a very long time and require monitoring by an experienced physician. Any additional pressure placed on the brain may also require surgical intervention.
If you are the victim of a car crash, not only is prompt medical care essential for your well-being, but the medical report will be essential to accompany your insurance claim. To learn more, please see our Georgia Car Crash FAQ.