3 Common Car Accident Injuries

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August is a busy month:  friends and family gather for end-of-summer weddings and vacations before school starts up again. This of course means that the roads are extremely busy, and major accidents can occur.

In 2012, more than 2.3 million people were injured in car accidents. That means four people are injured per minute. You should be aware of the injuries that can occur during a car accident.

Here are three common car accident injuries that everyone should be aware of:

Whiplash — Whiplash occurs when a car instantly slows down or stops. The sudden movement causes a person’s head to rock back and forth, adding stress to the neck.

Whiplash can be tricky because the symptoms range widely. One person may feel stiffness in their neck immediately, while others may not feel it a day or two after the accident.

Symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, or pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, upper back, or arms.  In more serious accidents, one can have memory loss and trouble sleeping.

People heal at different paces; some may heal within a couple days but it may take others months.

Headaches — Headaches follow suit of whiplash. Many people get headaches simply because of the sudden impact of a crash. A person can hit their head on the side window, head rest, or even windshield.

In more serious cases, a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can occur. A TBI is a result of the inner tissues and fluids in a person’s head bruising, according to NOLO. One can obtain sensory and mental symptoms with a TBI such as nausea, blurred vision, mood swings, or concentration problems.

Sprains and Strains — Soft tissue injuries are extremely common in accidents, especially because they are easily caused by seat belts and air bags.

Arms and legs are easily bruised during car accidents. Your body may be tossed against the side of the car. Legs and knees usually have little space and are one of the first places an airbag will hit. Chests also bruise easily because they directly impacted by the seatbelt.

Sprains and strains may take longer to heal than broken bones and sometimes hurt worse.

Remember that injuries all depend on the car accident. If you or a loved one has one of more of these injuries after a car accident, be sure to contact an experienced lawyer in San Bernardino today.


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