Most Common Injuries Sustained in a Motor Vehicle Accident
Did you know that over 20 million people are injured in a car accident every year? In California alone, there were over 490,000 motor vehicle accidents reported in 2016. Motor vehicle accidents have increased dramatically over the years. While motor vehicle accidents are unfortunately common, they can have severe consequences. Whether you were in a small fender bender or your car was totaled, it’s likely that you sustained an injury during your accident. When it comes to motor vehicle accidents, there are several injuries that are the most common. Here are a few:
Whiplash: Soft tissue injuries are very common with car accidents. A soft tissue injury can damage muscles, ligaments and tendons. Whiplash is one of the most common types of soft tissue injuries during an accident. This injury is centered on the upper back and neck and can cause pain when turning your head. However, soft tissue injuries in car accidents can take many forms.
Chest injuries: These injuries usually take the form of contusions or bruises due to the seat belt tightening around the chest. Alternatively, chest injuries can be caused from collision with the steering wheel.
Head injuries: Head injuries are common in motor vehicle accidents and can range from minor to major. During an accident, a victim’s head could be hit against the steering wheel or window, which could cause a minor concussion. However, depending on the severity of the collision, a head injury could also cause brain damage.
Back injuries: These injuries can take many forms, but commonly result in a herniated disk or spinal cord damage. A herniated disk happens when an outer part of the vertebrae is torn, which causes the inner part of the vertebral disc to be forced outwards. Symptoms associated with this injury are muscle weakness and tingling feelings. A more extreme type of back injury is damage to the spinal cord, which can result in nerve damage.
Broken bones: If the impact in a car accident is extreme, it can cause broken bones. The most common broken bones are those in the arms and legs.
Scrapes and cuts: Scrapes and cuts are the most common injuries of all motor vehicle accidents. These injuries can be seen in all car accidents, from the most minor to the most extreme. They can occur from a variety of factors, such as hands gripping the steering wheel, arms being cut by window glass, and so on.
At The JLF Firm, we are committed to receiving justice for all of our clients. With the increasing numbers of car accidents in California, more and more people are being injured. The lawyers at The JLF Firm are highly trained and have extensive hands-on experience receiving justice for motor vehicle accident victims and dealing with the perpetrators. If you have experienced any of these common motor vehicle accident injuries, don’t hesitate to reach out to The JLF Firm.