The injuries you suffer in a car accident vary based on the cause and severity of the collision. More severe accidents can result in more severe injuries; however, this doesn’t mean that fender benders can’t cause serious injuries that require immediate treatment.
To ensure you get the right treatment after a car accident, it’s important to know some of the most common injuries that may occur.
Common body parts injured during car accidents
The most common body parts affected in auto accidents include the back and neck. The main reason for this is that the spine and neck may be jarred in various directions when an accident occurs.
After an impact, you may experience pinched nerves, fractured vertebrae, or herniated discs. All these injuries can cause ongoing and long-lasting pain.
Another common type of injury in car accidents is to the head. If your head collides with a solid surface in your vehicle, like the dash, steering wheel or window, you may experience a TBI (traumatic brain injury) or skull fracture.
Whiplash can also occur when your neck moves forward and back so fast that the tissues, bones, and ligaments in that part of your body are damaged. While many cases of whiplash heal eventually, others can provide life-long issues and pain.
Steps to take after an auto accident
While at the scene, exchange information with the other driver (or drivers) involved. If possible, take pictures of any property damage or injuries you suffered.
If you were injured in the accident, don’t wait for medical treatment. Some injuries, such as concussions, do not even show symptoms immediately. Once a doctor evaluates you, you can seek compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance company.
Knowing the potential injuries that may occur will help you understand why getting medical treatment is so important. The documentation is beneficial if you pursue a personal injury claim, too.