The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there are over three million people injured in car accidents every year. Car accident injuries vary widely by the individual and the circumstances of the crash. Some injuries are more common than others.
Regardless of your particular injury, if you have been hurt during a vehicle accident, a Massachusetts car accident lawyer may be able to help you bring a legal case to get you compensation for your injuries.
Varying Severity for Car Accident Injuries
Some injuries will resolve themselves without a trip to the hospital, while others could change a victim’s life forever. Passengers and drivers may suffer different types of injuries. Adults and children may also be affected differently as well. Factors that will influence the severity of the car accident injury include:
- Whether the individuals were wearing seat belts
- Where the impact was on the vehicle (side, front, rear)
- How the person’s body was facing in the car (straight ahead versus turned around or to the side)
- Whether the car had airbags
- How fast the vehicle(s) was going at the time of impact
These factors will also affect the type of injury after a car accident. Two general types of injuries exist—impact injuries and penetrating injuries. Impact injuries occur when something on the inside of the car hits the body, such has a head hitting the steering wheel. Penetrating injuries are usually scrapes and cuts. Shattering glass or loose objects may cause penetrating injuries.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Some injuries tend to repeat themselves, regardless of whether you are in a serious crash or a minor one. These injuries include:
Head injuries are very common following an accident. Usually, they occur because the head has impacted an object. Serious injuries may result in internal problems, like bleeding or concussions.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Any damage to the muscle, ligaments, and tendons is considered a soft tissue injury. These injuries are by far the most common type of injury following an accident. Soft tissue injuries also include strains or sprains to the head and neck (“whiplash”) as well.
Scrapes And Cuts
These are most commonly caused by loose objects in the vehicle. They could also be caused by airbag deployment as well. Most scratches are relatively minor, but some may require stitches and loss of blood can become a concern.
Contusions or bruising to the chest is common after a car accident, but injuries to the chest can be more severe as well. Broken ribs and internal injuries frequently occur to drivers because of the placement of the steering wheel in relation to the body.
There is a lot of force put on the arms and legs during a crash. They are often thrown against doors, seats, or the steering wheel, which causes bruising, cuts, sprains, and even fractures and breaks.
Sometimes it does take time for injuries to appear after an accident. You also may not realize just how hurt you really are because your body has adrenaline pumping through it in larger amounts, which masks pain. It is always a good idea to seek medical attention after an accident, even if you feel fine right away. A Massachusetts car accident attorney can also help with your legal needs following an auto accident as well.