Types of Auto Accident Injuries

Types of Auto Accident Injuries

Auto accidents can occur in different types of situations. They may happen due to speeding when driving along a highway and in parking lots and on side streets. The collision of vehicles with other objects, vehicles, and pedestrians determines how bad the injuries will be.

Types of auto accident injuries include:

Head, back, and neck injuries are common

Any body part can be injured during an accident, but the most reported injuries are head, back, neck, arms, legs, and internal injuries.

Common Car Accident Injuries

Whiplash

It occurs due to a rear-end collision. The injury impacts the nerves, muscles, and ligaments. Whiplash is a spinal injury that affects the mid-back or neck often.

Patients may experience symptoms like:

  • Pain and aching in the back and neck
  • Shoulder pain
  • Headaches
  • A tingling sensation in the legs and arms

The stiffness and pain in the neck can lead to limited neck and back movements; this affects the peripheral vision and the body’s ability to rotate or turn.

In some situations, the symptoms may be noticed after some days. The injury might be temporary or permanent. If it is permanent, you will need physical therapy and rehabilitation, medication, or chiropractic therapy.

If you need chiropractic therapy, you can visit an auto accident chiropractor near you.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

TBI can happen during an accident. The force of the physical impact traumatizes the brain. It is common in side-impact car accidents. Injuries such as skull fractures, nerve damage, and hematoma are related to TBI.

Its signs and symptoms include:

  • Concussions
  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Memory loss
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Lack of concentration
  • Anxiety

Traumatic brain injury is serious and may cause temporary or permanent brain damage. It leaves the patient with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities.

Back injuries

Common back injuries include strains, sprains, fractured vertebrae, and herniated disks; Lower back injuries are common. Victims experience severe and persistent pain and limited movement and motion range.

Here are several back-treatment options that may be prescribed to you: drugs to help with the swelling and pain, physical therapy, ice or heat therapy, ultrasound, steroid injections, instrument adjustments, and surgery if necessary.

Lower extremity injuries

The hips, knees, calves, thighs, heels, and toes are the lower extremities, and they can be badly injured during an accident. Fractures to the femur, pelvic bone, tibia, patella, and ankle are common.

Injuries to the lower limbs can impact the ability to carry out day to day activities like walking, driving, and exercising. The injuries can be permanent or may take a long time to recover.

Upper body injuries

Parts of the upper body are often fractured. Arms, hands, fingers, wrists, collarbones, shoulders, and the sternum make up the upper body.

Certain broken bones might cause permanent injury to muscles, tendons, nerves, and ligaments. To improve the range of motion and strength, you may require physical therapy.

Internal injuries

Internal injuries may go unnoticed immediately after the accident. A rib fracture may puncture a lung or another organ, causing internal bleeding. Spleen injuries are quite serious and may need a long recovery at the hospital.

Visit Hoffman Chiropractic to get the chiropractic care you need.

Immediate Steps to Take After an Auto Accident

  1. Ensure you are safe

After a car crash, feeling shaky and disoriented is normal. Take deep breaths and try to focus. Turn on your hazard lights, if possible, move your car from the traffic way and into a safe space.

Make sure you remain at the crash scene. Departing would make it difficult for the victim to file a claim later.

Assess your injuries. If you need medical attention, call for help. If you feel fine and can move, proceed to check on the other drivers to ensure they are safe.

  1. Call the police

The police will write an accident report that will be used during the evaluation of your legal case. The report will consist of the happenings and everyone involved.

While waiting for the police to arrive, do not engage in small talk or offer your opinion about the crash’s cause to anyone.

  1. Gather the facts

As the police are assessing the car wreck, collect the information you might require for your claim. For instance, you will require the other driver’s information like name, phone number, address, and license plate number.

Gather information about what happened before and after the accident.

If there is a witness, make sure you put down their contact information. Try to take as many photos aspossible. When making your claim, the insurance company will request for photos.

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