Vehicle accidents are an unfortunate reality of driving. Any time you hit the road, you’re putting yourself at risk of getting in an accident with another driver. While there are plenty of ways to drive safely and protect yourself from getting in an accident, sometimes there’s just nothing you can do to prevent an accident. Even though it might not be your fault, you might find yourself in the aftermath of an accident with an injury that needs attention.
Walking away from an auto accident without an injury makes you a very lucky person. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were over 400,000 car accidents in 2021 (1). In those accidents, there were a total of over 252,000 injuries (1). Experiencing an injury like this is a potential risk that every driver must face. Knowing which kinds of injuries to look out for in the aftermath of an accident can be extremely helpful in getting you the proper medical care you need.
One of the most common injuries that people experience in a car accident are soft tissue injuries. A soft tissue injury has to do with your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. When two cars collide, the jolt from the sudden impact can cause damage to these areas of the body. Common examples of this type of injury include whiplash, which damages your neck muscles, and back injuries due to the impact on the spine.
Another common and very serious injury that can result from a car accident are head injuries. As the name implies, this category of injury includes any direct damage to your head area. This can be extremely dangerous, as injuries to the brain or spinal cord can be devastating to your body. Additionally, head injuries must be taken seriously as they could be linked to a concussion. However, some head injuries can be less serious. For example, you may experience bruising or small cuts from your head hitting the steering wheel or a side door.
When a car accident occurs, depending on how fast each car was going, the inside of your car could become your worst enemy. If you have loose items lying around, they could fly up in the air after the impact of a crash and potentially hit and cut you. This is why it’s always a good idea to keep the number of loose objects in your car at a minimum. When possible, always tie down any objects that could fly around in the event of an accident.
After a collision has occurred, your body can get shaken around quite a bit. This is usually what causes a chest injury, which includes any part of your body in the torso area. You could get thrust forward, causing your chest to collide with the steering wheel. As a result, your ribs, lungs, or other areas of your chest could be bruised or badly injured. If your airbag deploys, it could also cause injuries to this part of your body that needs attending to.
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