5 Common Car Accident Injuries

Car Accident Lawyer

The severity of a car crash and any injuries that result from it can depend on many different factors, such as the speed at which the vehicle(s) were traveling and the direction of the impact. In any case, you should always have a medical evaluation after a car accident because symptoms of a severe injury may not show up right away. As a car accident lawyer in Kansas City, MO from a firm like Royce Injury Attorneys LLC can explain, any unusual or severe pain following a car accident is definitely cause for concern, but certain injuries may be more likely than others.

1. Knee Injuries

The impact of a car crash may cause you to hit your knees against the steering wheel or dashboard. This may result in a fracture of your kneecap or one of the other bones of the joint. It can also result in a soft tissue injury such as a ligament sprain. In either case, the injury may need a long time and lots of physical therapy, perhaps even surgery, in order to heal.

2. Lacerations or Abrasions

A laceration is penetration of the skin, and possibly the tissues below it, by a sharp object. An abrasion occurs when something tears the skin away by scraping it. When these types of injuries are not serious, they are more often referred to as cuts and scrapes, respectively. However, a deep laceration or abrasion can cause severe bleeding and put you at risk for infection.

3. Whiplash

The force of the collision may cause a violent back-and-forth motion of your head and neck. This is called whiplash, and it is a very common injury from a car accident, especially a rear-end collision. Pain from a whiplash injury often results because of unusual acute stresses on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the neck. In many cases, whiplash resolves on its own, but it can take a long time.

4. Head Injuries

Head injuries from a car accident may include skull fractures and traumatic brain injuries, such as contusion or concussion. These can occur together, and sometimes a skull fracture results in or contributes to a traumatic brain injury. TBI may require surgery to treat, and the effects of severe damage to the brain may be permanent.

5. Internal Bleeding

Internal bleeding occurs inside the body when there is damage to a blood vessel. Any part of the body that has absorbed impact in a crash may suffer internal bleeding. An intracranial hemorrhage may occur inside the skull due to a head injury. A blow to the midsection, e.g., hitting against the steering wheel, may result in abdominal internal bleeding.

Contact our office if you have sustained serious injuries in a car accident. We may be able to help you recover damages if you were injured as a passenger, cyclist, pedestrian, or other driver.