The 3 most common injuries caused by car accidents

Law Offices of Steven Zwick
Mar 16 2021

Did you know that every year sees 3 million people injured in car accidents on American roads? As hard to believe as this may be, this is the reality that we’re currently dealing with. But it’s one thing for people to be hurt on the road; it’s another thing for people to be seriously injured on the road, to the point that they need to get in touch with a personal injury attorney. Depending on a number of different factors, including what contributes to the accident and what kinds of cars are involved, the types of injuries will vary. Below are some of the most prominent injuries that occur on the road, and what may contribute to their occurrences.

1. Whiplash

Whiplash can occur whether an accident is serious or minor. In fact, some people may not immediately recognize that they’ve been injured after whiplash, only to realize that they were hurt later. Technically, whiplash refers to an entire category of injuries that can occur during a car accident, with ligaments, tendons, and muscles in the neck being injured in the process. It happens because car accidents often whip people forward, then lash them back, causing shock injuries that can take months to heal. These injuries are often very painful. As these injuries often occur when cars are rear-ended, it’s not uncommon for drivers to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer after sustaining a whiplash injury.

2. Broken Ribs

Ribs are surprisingly fragile, and it’s not uncommon for them to be broken during car accidents. In fact, seatbelts, which are meant to keep you safe, can sometimes contribute to rib breaking. People often sustain these injuries as they are rattled around cars, and are forced to rest as they recuperate from these painful injuries.

3. Internal Bleeding

Internal bleeding can be difficult to take note of, and lots of people sustain these types of injuries due to the impact of car crashes. They’re incredibly dangerous, with a potential for death at times. This is why, when you’re in a car accident, you need to be checked out by a doctor as soon as possible.

Not every car accident is going to be serious enough for you to get in touch with an injury lawyer. But no matter what, you should see a physician following an accident in order to not only ensure your health but begin a record.