According to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are more than 3 million people injured every year in motor vehicle accidents across United States. These injuries can vary widely, but there are some that stand out among the pack as the most common types suffered in these crashes.
In general, the type and severity of the injuries will depend on factors such as whether or not the person was wearing a seatbelt, where the impact occurred to the vehicle, where the person was facing at the time, the speed of the collision and the presence of airbags in the vehicle. However, here are the most common types of injuries reported in vehicle accidents.
- Soft tissue injuries: A soft tissue injury is any damage done to muscles, ligaments or tendons — all the connective tissue found within the body. This is far and away the most common type of injury, and can include whiplash injuries experienced frequently after rear-end collisions, which affect the neck and upper back.
- Cuts and scrapes: Most scrapes and cuts suffered in accidents are relatively minor, but there can be more serious injuries that result in some significant blood loss.
- Head injuries: Sudden stops or change in direction can cause the heads to experience sudden, unnatural movements. The head may also collide with surfaces in the vehicle, causing concussions or other types of head injuries, including bruising and lacerations.
- Arm and leg injuries: Injuries to the arms and legs, such as lacerations, broken bones, sprains and strains can all occur depending on how the impact throws the body around.
- Chest injuries: Chest injuries are common in accidents, and often take the form of bruises or contusions. In more severe cases they can include broken ribs or other internal injuries.
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