Getting into a car accident is often emotionally, psychologically and physically traumatic. It is the latter of these traumas, however, which is most likely to persist and affect your quality of life in the future. Injuries that result from a collision may range from minimal to life-threatening, but no matter what kind of hurt you experienced, you should get the medical care and legal representation you need.
The following are some of the most common injuries resulting from auto accidents. Even if you do not immediately feel as though you have an injury, pain and other symptoms can appear after the fact, so it is important to be on the lookout for these and other injuries after a collision.
Neck, head and back
Even the smallest impact will jostle your body, and this is especially true of your head, neck and back. Your spinal cord is particularly vulnerable, and the motion of an accident can easily injure it. This is especially true because according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as many as one-third of all accidents are rear-end collisions — which typically cause whiplash.
Legs and knees
Whiplash results from the sudden force forward your body experiences upon impact, but this motion is also likely to injure body parts such as your legs and knees. You might experience your extremities being shoved into the dashboard or otherwise impacted, and at the very least, this will likely create some substantial bruising.
Lacerations and broken bones
In more serious accidents, you might sustain injuries far worse than bruising or soft tissue damage. Lacerations and broken bones can result from collisions, and these injuries may require intensive and ongoing medical treatment. Stitches, surgery and physical therapy are just a few of the treatments that you may receive, and the bills for these can pile up if you do not fight for your legal rights.