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Types of Car Accident Injuries

Car accident injuries can run the gamut. Minor injuries can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications or may resolve on their own with rest and time. Whereas, catastrophic injuries may require expensive medical treatments, surgeries, and rehabilitation. Car accident injuries may be affected by several factors, including whether the driver was practicing safe driving habits, such as wearing a seat belt. Though car accident injuries can vary, some common injuries emerge due to the mechanics of automobile accidents. These injuries can be organized into two categories consisting of impact injuries and penetrating injuries.

Impact Injuries

Impact injuries are a result of the driver or passenger hitting other parts of a car in an accident. Examples of impact injuries include:

Head Injuries. A car accident involving a high-speed collision may cause head injuries when the head strikes other objects, such as a steering wheel or dashboard in the car, with a jolt causing skull fractures, hearing loss, vision loss, concussions, and brain damage. These injuries are some of the most traumatic injuries that occur in car accidents. Treatment can be complicated, and victims may need treatment for the remainder of their lives.

Back Injuries. Often, car accidents involve damage to the spinal cord, causing nerve damage. This may lead to loss of sensation in the arms, hands, legs, and/or feet. Back injuries common in car accidents involve herniated disks, which are not as severe as a spinal cord injury but can cause loss of sensation, arm and leg pain, and muscle weakness in victims.

Chest Injuries. During a car accident, a driver’s or passenger’s chest may hit the dashboard with great impact, causing broken ribs, internal bleeding, and damage to the organs.

Soft Tissue Injuries. Soft tissue injuries occur due to the victim’s muscles and ligaments stretching in their necks and backs.

Whiplash. Whiplash injuries are probably the most common injuries that occur during a rear-end collision. The whiplash injury is caused by the sudden movement of the head and neck, causing damage to the neck, muscles, and ligaments. Sometimes, victims observe pain and swelling in their necks.

Arm and Leg Injuries. Just as a car accident victim can bump their head or chest against another part of the car, they can also strike their limbs against car parts with great force. Car accidents can cause broken bones when these body parts hit other parts of the car with great impact.

Penetrating Injuries

These injuries occur when objects enter victims’ bodies. In an accident, loose objects are thrown around during impact and become projectiles. Sometimes, deploying airbags may cause objects to hit the victim. Loose objects can hit a victim and cause injuries to their eyes and face.

Lacerations and cuts also occur when windows and windshields shatter and enter the victim’s body. Some cuts may be minor, however more serious cuts require stitches and surgeries and can even result in a severe loss of blood.

Emotional Distress

Sometimes, the accidents are so severe, and the experience is traumatic, causing victims to suffer psychological pain and emotional distress. Depending on the severity of the accident, the injured party may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Accident victims may suffer from guilt from surviving while others have died in the accident. Mental injuries are harder to diagnose and treat.

Mitigating Factors

Observing the speed limit, wearing a seat belt, and practicing safe driving can help mitigate any injuries in the event of an accident. If the injured party wishes to litigate the accident and seek compensation, evidence of their lack of fault can be used as mitigating factors in calculating the damages they are entitled to.

Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers at McCann & Wall, LLC Advocate for Victims Injured in All Types of Car Accidents

If you were injured in a car accident, the Philadelphia car accident lawyers at McCann & Wall, LLC will provide thorough representation to accident victims and pursue maximum recovery for injuries and damages. With office locations in Philadelphia, Abington, and Media, Pennsylvania; Wilmington, Delaware; and Haddonfield, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout the surrounding areas. To set up a free consultation, call us at 215-569-8488 or contact us online.

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