Every driver’s worst fear is to be involved in a car accident. Even worse, the driver of one of the vehicles might be at fault. If that’s the case, they may face anything from property damage to crippling personal injury lawsuits. In this article, you’ll learn about some of the most common injuries caused by these accidents.
Soft Tissue Damage
Common tissue injuries in rear-end collisions can include the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. These types of injuries can occur in the head, neck, back, and spine. The impact of a rear-end collision alone will not cause these types of injuries but it may aggravate an existing condition that is present in the body or cause new damage to soft tissues.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is the bundle of nerves that allows you to move your body. It’s protected by bones and tissue called vertebrae in the spine. When you have a spinal cord injury, it means that something has happened to damage or tear the spinal cord.
Spinal cord injuries can be fatal because they can lead to paralysis or death due to lack of oxygen.
Brain trauma is caused by a rapid acceleration followed by a sudden deceleration, resulting in damage to the brain. Brain trauma can be very serious and should always be treated as an emergency.
The skull is made up of several layers which protect your brain from injury. However, when a person suffers from an impact that causes their head to move forward at high speeds or stop suddenly, this results in what’s called diffuse axonal injury (DAI). This type of injury occurs when parts of your brain are torn apart due to shearing forces that occur on impact with another vehicle, causing bleeding inside the skull cavity itself.
Complex fractures are the most serious type of car accident injury. A complex fracture occurs when the bone is broken into more than two pieces, or when a joint is dislocated. Unlike other types of fractures, which typically heal on their own and leave no permanent disability or pain behind, complex fractures often require surgical intervention to repair and restore mobility to injured areas.
Lacerations are cuts. They can be minor or severe, and they can be internal or external.
Lacerations can be caused by impact with another vehicle, flying debris during a crash, or glass and metal fragments hitting your body. The severity of a laceration depends on how deep and how large it is. If there are several lacerations at different depths in an area due to multiple impacts from different objects during a collision, this will increase scarring and recovery time for that area of skin.
Any of the injuries listed above can have lasting impacts on your health and well-being. If you’re involved in a rear-end collision, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible so that you can get the care you need and start focusing on your recovery. You also need to contact an accident attorney to help you get compensation for your injuries.