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The 5 Most Common Auto Accident Related Injuries

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that more than 3 million people are injured in vehicle accidents each year. The injuries that occur can very a lot between car accidents due to the unique circumstances of each collision. However, there are a few injuries that tend to be more common than others.

1. Soft Tissue Injuries

A soft tissue injury refers to any type of damage done to the body’s connective tissues such as the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Soft tissue injuries can come in several different forms, but the most well-known and common form is ‘whiplash’.

Whiplash occurs when the muscles and ligaments in the neck are stretched due to sudden and forceful movements of the head and neck. Other soft tissue injuries are likely to form for the same reasons such as a mid-back or low-back sprain. Depending on the injury, the impact force against the spine could cause serious problems.

2. Scrapes And Cuts

As you can probably imagine, scrapes and cuts are pretty common after an auto accident. During a car accident, any loose objects within the car can immediately become projectiles that can cut you. This may include objects such as cellphones, purses, books, dash-mounted GPS systems, and anything else you may carry in your car.

While most cuts and scrapes are relatively minor and require no medical treatment, most serious injuries could result in a loss of blood and could need stitches.

3. Head Injuries

A head injury can take a variety of form. While some can be relatively minor, others can be quite severe. A vehicle’s unexpected stop or change in direction can result in a sudden and unnatural movement of the head and neck. While this may only cause muscle strain and ‘whiplash’, it could have caused serious bruising to the head or a deep laceration. A more severe collision impact could cause the fluid and tissue inside the skull to be damaged. Concussions are also likely.

4. Chest Injuries

Chest injuries can also be a pretty common result of a car accident. These injuries are usually in the form of bruises or contusions, but some can be much more severe such as a broken rib or internal bleeding. Drivers are typically the one that will experience chest injuries due to their position behind the steering wheel of the car and the force of impact.

5. Arm And Leg Injuries

The same forces that can unexpectedly throw your head around in the car can do the same to your arms and legs. Since your legs will have little room to move, it can force your legs to hit the dashboard or the seat in front of you. Your arms however, are pretty free to move around which can cause them to collide with a large number of items and persons inside the vehicle. Depending on the type of collision, the injuries could just be a few scrapes and bruises or it could result in sprains and even broken bones.

It is important to note that injuries such as concussions and soft tissue injuries may not appear until days or even weeks after the accident. This is why, despite feeling fine, you should still seek out medical attention and pay attention to any symptoms that may show up.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

The 5 Most Common Auto Accident Related Injuries

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