If you have been injured in a car accident, you probably have a lot of questions. You may think about how common your type of injury is, and whether you can pursue a claim. Your injury may seem minor, or symptoms such as pain and inflammation may have started a little while after the injury, and you might think your symptoms will just subside on its own.
The various injuries resulting from an automobile accident can be as varied as the specific circumstances of each collision, but some types of injuries are more common than others. These include;
- Head and Brain Injuries - This could include traumatic brain injuries, concussions, internal bleeding, lacerations, or skull fractures that require plastic surgery.
- Neck and Back Injuries - This can include spinal cord damage, whiplash, herniated discs, strains, or sprains.
- Burn Injuries - Burns can be minor to fatal. Severe burns usually result in scarring and may require skin grafts.
- Soft Tissue Injuries - The pain can be significant and lingering when muscles, ligaments, tendons are stretched or torn in an accident.
- Broken Bones - Broken bones can be very painful, may require surgical intervention, and can take a significantly long time to heal.
Types of Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
The kinds of injuries you suffered in an automobile injury will depend upon several factors, including the weight of the vehicles, speed, and the angle of the crash. Different kinds of auto crashes tend to be more likely to cause specific types of injuries. These include;
- Head-On Collisions - This type of collision can be deadly and result in severe injuries. Common injuries observed in head-on collisions include skull and brain injuries, spinal cord and back and injuries, whiplash, broken bones, lost limbs, soft tissue injuries, and serious cuts.
- Rear-End Crashes - Whiplash injury of the neck is probably the most common type of trauma experienced in rear-end collisions. Other types of neck and back injuries often seen in rear-end collisions include spinal cord and soft-tissue injuries.
- SUV Rollover Crashes - Compared to many other types of vehicles, SUVs have a higher center of gravity and are prone to rolling in a crash. Head injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, soft tissue injuries, and abrasions are common in this type of accident.
- Fatal Crashes - In very severe crashes, head injuries, crushing injuries and burns are the most likely to result in fatalities.
- Commercial Vehicle and Truck Crashes - Because of the commercial vehicle’s size and weight, an accident of a commercial vehicle such as a truck with a smaller personal vehicle can result in catastrophic injuries. These may include crushing injuries, skull fractures, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and exposure to hazardous chemicals.