There are many different types of car crashes. Crashes range depending on the speed and direction of the vehicle (or vehicles). From head-on, rear-end, T-bone, sideswipe, chain reaction, or single-vehicle collisions, injuries vary depending on the circumstance. They range in severity and can even be life-altering or even life-threatening.
The most common injury in car crashes, even minor ones, is whiplash. Even though these injuries are considered minor, neck pain lingers for a long time and often needs medical attention with physical therapy or a chiropractor.
The heavy impact from car accidents can cause brain injuries when the victim suffers from a blow or piercing to the head. Brain injuries can range from concussions to permanent life-altering injuries, to even death.
Like brain injuries, spinal cord injuries are among the most life-altering and consequential injuries resulting from a bad car accident. Depending on what part of the spine has been injured, the victim can result in quadriplegia/tetraplegia and paraplegia, or loss of movement and sensation in some or all limbs, chest, torso, or pelvis.
Broken ribs, wrists, legs, arms, and ankles are common in car accidents. Suffering from broken bones can turn out to be more complicated and life-threatening than people might think. If a broken limb breaks through the skin, the victim is at risk of infection. Broken bones are painful and take a long time to heal and sometimes result in limited movement and more pain for the rest of their lives. Shattered bones can result in expensive and invasive surgeries.
Burns are often a common injury in car accidents. Depending on the nature of the collision, hot metal or fires can cause lasting pain and scars. Severe burns can result in surgeries or skin grafting.
Car accidents can also cause internal injuries when a body gets impacted by a heavy object. Internal organs can be damaged as well, resulting in internal bleeding. These are seen as medical emergencies and require emergency treatment.
In severe crashes, a victim may lose a limb that has been shattered or crushed. Amputations happen when a limb is too damaged to repair. Amputated limbs can have permanent disabling effects on the victim.