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The 5 Most Common Injuries From Crashes Manatee Drivers Should Watch Out For

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were more than 400,000 auto accidents in Florida during 2021 alone. Of these, nearly 164,000 resulted in injuries. Broken down per day, more than 440 accidents leading to injuries occurred daily throughout the year of 2021 in Florida.

These injuries may range from the very minor, like bumps and bruises, to severe traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, or fatalities. There are some injuries that occur more commonly in auto accidents in Florida, particularly in certain types of crashes.

Breaking Down Florida’s Most Common Auto Accident Injuries

Some of Florida’s most common auto accident injuries include:

1. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) – There are two types of traumatic brain injuries that occur in auto accidents in Florida. The first is a closed injury, which is when the brain is jostled around inside of the skull leading to injury. Injuries from closed TBIs can range from mild to severe. The other is an open traumatic brain injury, which are almost always severe. In an open injury, an object had punctured the skull and injured the brain.

Closed traumatic brain injuries can occur even in the most minor of accidents, and one leading cause of closed TBI is whiplash. When the neck is flung forward quickly, like in a “fender bender” auto accident, the brain may make contact with the skull leading to a minor to moderate TBI. Traumatic brain injuries are unpredictable and may not always show signs or symptoms until the days following the accident.

2. Spinal cord injuries – Spinal cord injuries may occur in any sort of accident, and they’re caused by the force of two vehicles hitting one another or a vehicle hitting an object like a pole or tree. Like traumatic brain injuries, these aren’t always immediately apparent and may take days for symptoms to set in. Severe spinal cord injuries may lead to paralysis or permanent disability.

3. Facial injuries – Any sort of auto accident in Florida can cause facial injuries, and these most often occur to drivers and passengers sitting in the front seat. Due to the force of an accident, a driver may hit the steering wheel with their face while a passenger’s face may make contact with the dashboard in front of them. Eye damage, scarring, bruising, broken bones, oral injuries, bleeding, and even permanent disfigurement may occur with auto accident-related facial injury.

4. WhiplashWhiplash is a very particular type of spinal cord injury and one that is typically considered to be in a category of its own. Whiplash occurs with any sort of accident, but most often it’s the sole injury in “fender bender” rear-end accidents. Even in minor collisions, drivers and passengers may experience whiplash. This injury occurs when the neck is forced quickly backward and forward, leading to strain in the muscles or the discs of the neck. Typically, recovery from whiplash will take a few days to weeks, but in some severe cases the pain and limited motion that comes along with this injury may last longer.

5. Broken bones – Any accident that causes unnatural force on the body can lead to broken bones. In auto accidents in Florida, this is most often seen as broken limbs like the hands, wrists, arms, feet, ankles, or legs. Broken bones can be minor or severe, and while one broken bone injury requires a splint and few weeks of rest, others may require surgery and months of recovery time.

Representation is important if you’ve suffered any type of injury in a auto accident in Manatee County or any other Southwest Florida location. To learn more, contact us at today.

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

The 5 Most Common Injuries From Crashes Manatee Drivers Should Watch Out For

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