Most Common Car Accident Injuries

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There are many types of injuries that can happen to you after being in a car accident. Some of the injuries aren’t obvious at first and may take a while before they become symptomatic. This is precisely why you need to seek medical treatment right away if you feel any pain or discomfort– it’s also good idea even if you don’t feel anything because it’s important to have your medical treatment documented to help with your chances of recovering the most compensation for your injuries. Read on to learn about common car accident injuries in North Carolina and how the winning car accident law firm of Tatum & Atkinson can help!

Whiplash and Other Soft Tissue Injuries

There’s a reason why we have the image of someone with a neck brace after an auto accident. This is because this is the most common injury that occurs due to a vehicle collision. “Whiplash” is a catch-all term that refers to the injuries that occur when muscles and ligaments are stretched due to the sudden movement of the neck and the head during the crash. There are also other soft tissue injuries in other body parts, including the back.

Back/Spinal Injuries

Car accidents cause many injuries such as mid-back and lower back sprains and even more severe back injuries. Back and spinal injuries are very common, but these may be difficult to detect at the time of the accident because the symptoms often show up later. These injuries may even be felt in other parts of the body. For example, a victim might feel numbness in their toes, which is really an indicator of a more serious spinal injury.

Broken Bones/Arm and Leg Injuries

When vehicles collide, it produces a great deal of energy, which can force doors, dashboards, and other car parts into the individuals who are in the car. As a result, they can be seriously injured with bone fractures, including arms and legs.

Arms and legs are also frequent areas of harm due to the unpredictable ways that a body can move in a crash. For instance, in a sideswipe, your legs and arms could collide against the door, or if you’re a passenger, your knees can ding the dashboard or front seats. Based on the type of accident, these appendages might be scraped, bruised, or sprained.

Chest Injuries

Those in car accidents may also experience chest injuries, which run the gamut from aching bruises to more severe injuries like broken ribs and internal injuries. A driver can get a chest injury by plowing into the steering wheel, or they or their passengers can get hurt because of a seatbelt or dashboard.

Head Injuries

Head injuries can be very serious because they impact your face, skull, and brain. Head trauma can result in the following:

  • Brain damage
  • Hearing loss
  • Brain bleeds
  • Strokes
  • Mental disabilities
  • Speech problems
  • Paralysis

Get Legal Help to Recover Compensation from Car Accident Injuries

Given all of the types of injuries that you can suffer, not only is it important to seek medical treatment, but it’s equally important to get legal representation. The lawyers at Tatum & Atkinson will work hard on your behalf to get you the maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact us right away.