No one anticipates getting into a car crash when they get behind the wheel on their way to work but the unfortunate reality is that accidents occur on a daily basis. Always be sure to wear your seat belt when in a vehicle and be aware of your surroundings while driving. Should you find yourself in an accident, here are 5 of the most common injuries that can occur.
The most common injuries resulting from an automotive accident are contusions, which is just the medical term for bruises. During a collision accident, it is not uncommon for them to appear where the seat belt presses against the skin upon impact. Time and ice will help lower swelling and discoloration of the skin.
Whiplash is one that is not usually detectable at the sight of the accident as well as on scans. You may notice symptoms of whiplash including dizziness, headaches, and stiffness several days after the accident occurred. Always consult your physician about how you should go about treating your symptoms.
For the driver especially, sprains, fractures, and/or breaks are often present after a collision. The impact of the airbag, sudden jerking movement of the body, and crumpling of the exterior body of the car can cause both minor and major injuries. Hands, arms, and legs are the most commonly affected body parts since they generally receive the most contact.
The two most dangerous injuries are those of the head and spine. Your head may hit the dashboard, windshield, steering wheel before slamming back into the headrest. A concussion is a brain injury that has symptoms such as headaches, ringing in the ears, and memory loss. Spinal injuries including herniated or ruptured disks or even spinal cord injuries. Any injuries of this magnitude require intervention from a medical professional.
If you are in an automotive accident, make sure to consult with your local personal injury lawyer. With over 30 years of experience, John Hunter Stevens is one of Jackson, Mississippi’s finest attorneys who also deals with workers' compensation cases.