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Most Common Car Accident Injuries
Vehicle destruction is the most visible damage that results from car accidents. However, since the human body is fragile, a car accident can cause severe damage that can go unnoticed for a long time. Read also: Types of Injury Damages Due to Auto Injuries
According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, over 70 drivers in Georgia get involved in road accidents every hour, meaning more than 1,720 accidents occur in Georgia everyday. Besides, the statistics indicated that over 342,534 accidents occur in Georgia annually, leaving over 133,555 people injured and claiming more than 1,703 lives. Given that chances of getting in a car accident while in Georgia are high and getting injuries is inevitable, understanding the most common car accident injuries is essential.
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The list below indicates the most common injuries car accident victims suffer:
1. Contusions, Bruises, and Road Rush
Bruises are the most common injuries people get after a car accident. Bruises occur due to the body’s impact against an object. For instance, broken glass, metal scraps, seat belt, and airbag can bruise your body upon contact.
After collision, you can get a road rush if your skin gets dragged against concrete or pavement. However, bruises and road rushes are minor injuries that do not require serious medical attention and heal in a few days.
Whiplash is an injury that affects neck tissues. When a collision occurs, the sudden back and forth movements stretch neck muscles, tendons, and ligaments, causing symptoms such as neck pain, stiffness, and headaches. Although whiplashes rarely result in permanent injuries and might not be noticed immediately, they are painful and can take months to heal.
3. Back Injuries
The sudden and intense movement your body experiences after an accident can result in back injuries. Since the spine is designed not to sustain heavy impacts, the impacts of a collision can cause herniation or spike disc raptures. However, back injuries may delay showing after an accident, but they may cause body paralysis and affect your mobility.
4. Head Injuries – Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
Car accidents can cause either minor or major head injuries. When a car stops or changes direction unexpectedly, you may experience sudden or unnatural head movements. These movements cause minor effects, such as bruises, on the head. On the contrary, the sudden back and forth motion that occurs after a collision can cause concussions, which leads to symptoms such as loss of memory, headaches, mild confusion, permanent brain damage, and cognitive impairment, even if nothing comes into contact with your head.
Traumatic brain injuries are also common after an accident. Although it mostly occurs when your head slams into the car, it can again happen if the sudden movement causes your brain to jostle and hit against the skull. If not well treated, these injuries can permanently alter your brain functionality, including information processing, severe headaches, and insomnia. Though you can recover from brain injuries, it is difficult to diagnose them and treat them a lifetime process.
5. Bone Fractures
Most car accident victims escape with fractured limbs, ribs, legs, wrists, knees, and feet. Some bone fractures can occur without open wounds, while others can penetrate through the skin. Broken bones are not permanent or life-threatening, although some bones may require surgeries to return to position. Your may need some months to heal, depending on the severity and type of break.
6. Internal Breeding
Your may suffer from internal breeding after an accident. It is essential to seek medical attention because internal breeding is life-threatening, mostly if you miss an immediate treatment.
7. Psychological Injuries
Although physical injuries are the most visible after an accident, traumatic events can cause invisible psychological damages. Car accident victims can develop a driving phobia, depression, especially if their loved ones died in the accident, aversion to accident-related sounds and images, sleeping difficulties, or excessive anxiety feelings. Seeking professional help from psychologists and therapists is the best option because they will help you heal and go back to your normal life.
Always wear your safety belt while driving, even if it does not protect you from all injuries. If you find yourself in an accident, call an ambulance and seek medical attention even if you feel fine.
And remember also that to ensure that you get the maximum compensation for your case, reach out to the dedicated Georgia car accident attorneys at Georgia Injury Advocates. We have the experience, knowledge, and resources needed to effectively pursue your claim. To arrange a consultation, call us today at (770) 766-0555.