Car accidents happen all the time. So often that many injuries become common knowledge. Knees can get smashed into dashboards, and car doors cause a lot of injuries to shoulders. In many cases, airbags cause injuries.
Following are four of the most common types of injuries in motor vehicle accidents:
Whiplash happens when the body is suddenly and rapidly shaken back and forth, causing spine, neck and head trauma. It’s highly likely that when a person is in a car accident, whether it’s a rear-end collision or a collision from the front, they’ll thrust forward momentarily before their airbags go off, sending them back into their chair, resulting in whiplash.
Whiplash symptoms can look like back, shoulder or neck soreness, dizziness, memory issues or sensory impairment.
Concussions are often seen in people who play sports but aren’t uncommon after a car accident. A concussion is the result of a blow to the head, causing the brain to shake forwards and backward.
Whiplash and concussion sometimes go hand in hand and many of the symptoms are similar.
3. Herniated disk
The spine is made up of a series of vertebrae, each separated by a liquid sack. This liquid sack is used to reduce pressure between the vertebrae and nerves. However, these sacks can rupture after a car accident, causing back pain, movement impairment and nerve damage.
4. Facial fractures
When a car’s airbag goes off, there’s no telling what’ll be between the airbag and a passenger’s face. Hitting something hard in a car accident could cause serious facial damage.
A person’s nose, cheeks, jaw, chin and eye sockets can all be injured in an accident after hitting the dashboard, steering wheel, windshield or loose objects in the car.
If you, or someone you know, were involved in a car accident and suffered serious injuries as a result, you may need to reach out for legal help to get the compensation you are due.