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What Are the Most Common Car Accident Injuries?

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The common car accident injuries explored in this article shed a light on the destruction collisions can cause in a victim’s life. After a car accident injury, you will need someone on your side to protect your interests during insurance negotiations. An attorney knows the true impact injuries can have on a victim’s life and can help you reach a fair settlement with the insurance company

People rely on their vehicles every day. Cars bring us to our jobs, to our schools, and to our homes. However, in the right circumstances, cars become dangerous. These massive, hulking machines, barreling down the road at top-notch speeds, must be handled with care. 

Common Car Accident Injuries

In this article, we will cover internal and external injuries people are most likely to face after a car accident. We will review serious and less-serious injuries. Although we rely on these machines to get us from point A to point B, they can become death traps if we are not careful. Read on to discover the most common car accident injuries.


Bruising is a common car accident injury. Even small accidents, like minor fender-benders, can generate bruising on an injured person’s skin. When you get in a car accident, the inertia from the car jerks your body around. You press against the seat belt, and may even collide with parts of the car. The intense force leaves a mark. Bruising rarely requires medical attention. Though injured people experience mild discomfort, bruises usually go away on their own after a week or two. 


Whiplash is another common injury caused by a fast, awkward motion. Car accidents compel our bodies to move in unnatural, sometimes painful ways. After a rear-end collision, your head may bend faster than it should. People often compare the motion to the crack of a whip. Feeling neck pain after a collision is a sign of whiplash.

Other common signs of whiplash include:

  • Headaches
  • Upper back, shoulder, or arm pain
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Reduced range of motion in the neck

Whiplash is a strain on your ligaments and muscles. Though uncomfortable, this pain typically goes away in a couple of weeks.


Concussions are a common, but potentially debilitating injury. Sudden impacts or stops can cause a concussion. When a car reaches an immediate stop, your brain may come into contact with your skull. After a concussion, some victims may even suffer chemical changes in the brain.

Concussions can be life-threatening. They are so dangerous in part because we cannot see them. Unlike an injury on the skin that we can observe, concussions are internal. Multiple concussions can cause severe damage over time.

Some people do not notice their concussion symptoms immediately. Look out for symptoms of delayed accident injuries. For concussions, these may include confusion, trouble with memory, headaches, and irritability.

Facial Injuries

Few injuries can alter our lives like a facial injury. Our eyes, mouths, and noses are all delicate. However, people notice those features before any others. Living with a damaged face could seriously impact a person’s daily life. Some common facial injuries include:

  • Lacerations—These are deep cuts that may require stitches. A laceration may also leave a permanent scar.
  • Eye injuries—Blunt force or debris could cause injuries to the eyes. Eye injuries may lead to partial or total blindness, leaving victims permanently disabled.
  • Facial deformities—Trauma to the face could lead to severe disfigurement.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries can entirely alter a person’s life. When we’re healthy, our brains allow us to function and think without over-exerting ourselves. They work independently and, more often than not, confidently. But when we experience a traumatic injury, we can lose all of that.

Our brains after traumatic injuries struggle to remember important details, process emotions, and handle vital functions. If the injury is long-lasting, you might be eligible for compensation from the other driver. Contact a motor vehicle accident attorney if you walked away from an accident with a traumatic brain injury.


Car accidents toss a person’s body around like a rag doll. As a result, people forcefully come in contact with parts of the car they normally wouldn’t. If a car accident dislodges an engine from its place, people in the accident may touch it while it’s hot. Even if they just graze an extremely hot item, they may suffer from injuries for life. Additionally, if a car catches on fire after a crash, victims may face severe burns. There are several kinds of burns:

  • First-degree – First-degree burns leave minimal damage. People who experience this kind of injury will have red skin that likely won’t blister.
  • Second-degree—People who suffer from second-degree burns will have damage on the first layer of skin. They will notice their skin blister and thicken. It could take upwards of three weeks to heal.
  • Third-degree—Third-degree burns penetrate all skin layers. It injures the tissue underneath the skin. People with third-degree burns can expect several months of healing. The affected skin may never return to its previous functioning. The skin may take on a leathery appearance.
  • Fourth-degree—The absolute worst type of burn injury, fourth-degree burns penetrate the underlying bone, fat, and muscle. This injury is so intense it may lead to amputation or death. The function will not come back, and the skin will remain charred and black.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Some injuries do not leave physical changes. People walk around with injuries all the time that we cannot see. These injuries, invisible but no less severe, are injuries of the mind. A car accident can leave devastating mental health issues. People may never recover from the trauma of a frightening, life-upending car accident.

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health condition that occurs when people feel recurring mental distress after an accident. For people with PTSD, it may be difficult to sleep because they cannot stop thinking about their trauma, or they may have trouble focusing on daily tasks. Some people with PTSD are plagued by “flashbacks,” which is when you feel or act like the traumatic event happens again and again, in real-time.  

Broken Bones

In a previous section, we talked about how car accidents can fling your body around the inside of a car. These conditions make a person susceptible to broken bones. You can break a bone whenever your body crashes against another object, creating a painful force that can damage your skeleton. There are many ways to break your bones during a car accident. A car accident can pin your body against the door, or your seatbelt may fracture your ribs.

There is special medical equipment often needed by accident victims. People with broken bones may need splints or stretchers. Folks who think they broke a bone after an accident should seek medical attention immediately. Accessing the right medical equipment could drastically improve the healing process. Also, showing that you made a good-faith effort to receive medical attention may help you with your case down the road.

Internal Bleeding

The sheer force of vehicular collision can compel your organs to bleed. This is a serious, life-threatening issue. Especially if the collusion damages a vital organ, you could be in a lot of trouble. Internal bleeding, or other damage to organs, can go unnoticed in the days after a crash. This is because victims may be distracted by more obvious external injuries.

Make sure you treat internal bleeding as soon as possible. If you bring the issue to the right medical professional, they should be able to protect your body from lasting damage. Like most injuries on this list, it will become a bigger problem if you ignore it.

Wrist and Hand Injuries

Our hands and wrists are sensitive to impact. The delicate bones in our hands and wrists break easily. If they were injured by an airbag or car parts, they may need surgery. Severe hand injuries could impact mobility permanently and forever change your life.

Leg and Foot Injuries

Foot and leg injuries are common after car accidents. When we drive, we stretch our legs forward, putting the limb in a sensitive position. Our legs may take a forward crash’s brunt impact. The foot, like the hand, is full of tiny bones. These break easily. If the injury is serious enough, you may need to go through surgery to correct the damage done to your foot, leg, or ankle. In severe cases, an injury to this area can permanently impact a victim’s ability to walk.

Back Injuries

After a car accident, people may deal with various back injuries. Injuries to the neck, back, and spine occur easily in car accidents due to the contortion the body may experience upon impact. The human body relies so much on the back that, once it becomes compromised, a victim’s entire life can be impacted. 

Some common back injuries include:

  • Sprain—A sprain occurs when the back ligaments stretch or tear.
  • Strain— Some refer to strains as “a pullback.” They are the result of the destruction to tendons and muscles.
  • Herniated disc—A herniated disc happens when a vertebra slides from its place. 
  • Pinched nerve—People with pinched nerves put up with impaired movement and serious, debilitating pain. It strikes when a nerve becomes compressed.
  • Nerve damage—If you receive trauma to at the nerves after an accident, you may feel debilitating pain referred to as “nerve damage.” Nerve damage can lead to tingling, numbness, or persistent pain in the back.

A back injury can leave a victim with lifelong pain and mobility issues. People with back injuries might not be able to work, and may be considered temporarily or permanently disabled.

Loss of Limbs

Car accidents can put extreme force on the body that may cause people to lose limbs entirely. Amputation may occur during the accident when a limb gets pinned within the vehicle. Alternatively, the accident may cause damage to the body so severely that doctors must remove a limb, such as a bad break or crush injury. This can change a person’s life.

Losing a limb is a difficult, traumatic process. Sufferers have to live through expensive rehabilitation. They need prostheses and other tools to help with their daily lives. A lost limb can affect every activity, and victims often have to adapt or relearn even basic daily tasks. 

Common Causes of Car Accident Injuries

People get into car accidents for all sorts of reasons. You can take a right on a blind turn and collide with another vehicle. Other times, you may fall victim to another driver’s negligent acts. For instance, when drivers fall asleep at the wheel, they put themselves and other people in extreme danger. Other common causes for car accidents include:

  • Driving drunk
  • Driving and texting
  • Playing with the radio
  • Poor driving conditions
  • Road rage

Financial Compensation for Car Accident Injuries

After the initial blow of a car accident injury, victims may want to move on as quickly as possible. However, the injury may only be the start of your problems. Next, you receive the medical bill, then the bill from the mechanic. Before you know it, you owe thousands of dollars! The financial burden faced by car accident victims can prolong the agony of the car accident experience. 

Thankfully, you can recover compensation, and you may not have to pay anything at all. By working with the right car accident attorney, you can get fair compensation to cover all the associated medical costs. The person who caused the accident, or his or her insurance company, should have to pay for all the medical and automobile bills, including yours. If the accident left you facing lifelong emotional trauma or injuries, you may be able to recover compensation for these as well.

Car accidents destroy peoples’ bodies every day. A car accident lawyer can help minimize the damage left behind by common car accident injuries.

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Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyer Cliff Marcek

Mr. Marcek has published several legal articles, been a featured speaker on legal topics and has represent several clients pro bono during his career. In addition, Mr. Marcek was a member of the Attorney Generals Commission on Military Assistance in 2015.

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