Car accidents can cause a wide variety of injuries and ailments and can affect almost any part of your body. Injuries sustained obviously depend on the severity of the road traffic accident, the impact and the individual circumstances.
If you take a look at the number of claims from insurance companies or from personal injury claims, then you will notice a trend concerning certain injuries and some seem to occur much more than others.
Head injuries and brain damage are common injuries after a car crash or road traffic accident and is suffered by both drivers and passengers alike. Head injuries can range from a mild concussion through to a serious brain injury. Sometimes there may not be any physical signs of injury, but it is always worth getting checked out at a hospital in case of internal bleeding.
Neck injuries are one of the most common injuries from a car accident.
One of the most frequent complaints is that of whiplash, which is a mild neck strain, through to more serious injuries, such as a slipped disc.
The impact of a car accident means that back injuries are a very common occurrence and this can include back strain, disc injuries, fractures and lumbar spinal injuries. Some of the most severe back injuries take time to show any symptoms, so again you should always get checked out after a serious injury.
Facial injuries – often caused by breaking glass or impact with the steering wheel – are one of the most distressing kind of injuries and can range from minor bumps and bruises through to shattered bones, lacerations and dental injuries.
Psychological trauma is also a common side effect of car accidents and this can last for a short time, or for years, especially if a death is involved. The most serious kind of trauma can result in something akin to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).