Even small cars are heavy, hard objects typically traveling at high rates of speed in normal traffic flow. In an impact between two cars, two trucks or a car and a truck, you have two heavy, fast-moving objects striking one another. Unfortunately, common sense will tell you that any soft tissue (the human body) housed inside these objects will suffer damage in a motor vehicle collision.
While it is difficult to pinpoint the most common injury, you should know that victims of car accidents can suffer a very wide range of tissue and bone damage. Sometimes, a victim of a horrific car accident might walk away virtually unmarked. Other times, even the most minor-looking fender-bender can cause catastrophic injury or even death.
In the interest of answering your question as clearly as possible, here are some of the most common car accident injuries personal lawyers see their clients suffer.
-- Head injuries: These can range from traumatic brain injury to a mild concussion.
-- Back injuries: Victims can suffer spinal cord injury, herniated discs and loss of sensation in a serious car accident.
-- Chest injuries: Severe trauma to the chest might result in broken ribs, internal bleeding, collapsed lungs or even cardiac arrest.
-- Other injuries: Whiplash, broken limbs, severed limbs and emotional or psychological trauma are all very common car accident injuries.
Like other areas of America, Virginia experiences more than its fair share of preventable car accidents. When such an accident happens because of a drunk driver, a distracted driver or some other form of negligence, it is very important to do all you can to hold the driver to account. A personal injury attorney can assist you in reaching this goal.
Source: FindLaw, "Types of Car Accident Injuries," accessed June 30, 2017