Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates more than three million people suffer injuries in auto accidents every year on average.
There are two general categories of injuries in car accidents: impact injuries and penetration injuries. The former are a result of a person’s body hitting the interior of a car, the latter involve cuts, scrapes or penetration of objects in the body.
Within those two broader categories are many specific types of injuries. Here are a few examples of some of the mots common injuries people suffer from auto accidents in the United States.
- Cuts and scrapes: Cuts and scrapes in motor vehicle accidents are generally caused by loose objects in the car becoming projectiles, including glasses, cell phones, thermoses, or anything else that may be sitting out unrestrained in the vehicle. These injuries can also be caused by broken glass or jagged metal or plastic resulting from the collision.
- Soft tissue injuries: These injuries comprise any form of damage to the connective tissue of the body, including ligaments, muscles and tendons. These are the most common injuries to occur in car accidents. They may include sprains or strains, or “whiplash,” a term for a soft tissue injury to the neck and upper back caused by sudden, forceful movements imposed on those areas.
- Head injuries: Head injuries, such as concussions or lacerations, can occur when the force of the impact in the accident causes a person’s head to hit part of the vehicle. Even if there is no impact, the sudden change in direction could cause strains in heck muscles that affect the head.
- Arm and leg injuries: Arms and legs are often flailed around during car accidents, which can result in a variety of injuries, including sprains, breaks, bruises and scrapes.
- Chest injuries: Chest injuries are common in accidents, because a driver might have their chest collide with the steering wheel. This could cause contusions, broken ribs and other types of internal injuries.
For more information about common injuries sustained in auto accidents, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.