Common Car Accident Injuries

Many car accidents end in death or in serious, life-changing injuries. The extent of the injuries caused by a car crash vary depending on many factors, including the size of the vehicles, speed and the part of the vehicle that was hit.

Some of the most common car accident injuries include:

  • Spinal cord injuries - As much as 40 percent of spinal cord injuries result from car accidents, according to the Mayo Clinic. Damage to the spinal cord can cause loss of motion and loss of feeling in the areas below the injury. Spinal cord injuries are classified as either complete or incomplete, with complete injuries resulting in total loss of feeling and function below the injury site. Both paraplegia and quadriplegia (tetraplegia) may result from spinal cord injuries.
  • Traumatic brain injury - Car accidents are one of the top trauma-related causes of brain injuries, according to the Mayo Clinic. Brain injuries can range from a mild concussion to severe and lasting brain damage. Symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) include loss of consciousness, numbness, nausea, mood and personality changes, seizures, loss of cognitive function and many more disabling conditions.
  • Neck and back injuries - Whiplash is the most common type of neck injury from car accidents. It occurs when the neck is thrown forward and then jerked backward sharply in a motion similar to the cracking of a whip. Victims may also suffer other injuries to the neck and back, including sprains, strains, torn ligaments, slipped discs and broken vertebrae. Neck and back injuries can cause persistent pain and loss of mobility.
  • Broken bones - While any of the bones in the body can break in a car wreck, people are especially at risk of breaking an arm, a leg, the pelvis, ribs and facial bones.
  • Punctured lungs - Broken ribs resulting from an auto accident may puncture the lungs, which affects the ability to breathe and is a life-threatening medical emergency.
  • Organ damage and other internal injuries - When a car accident victim experiences internal injuries resulting from the force or impact of a car wreck, it may not be immediately apparent how badly the person has been hurt. Without prompt medical treatment, internal bleeding and other internal damage to the organs can create a life-threatening medical emergency that may cause death.
  • Burns - Roughly 219,000 vehicle fires occurred in 2011, causing around 1,190 injuries and 200 fatalities, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Burns can be very painful and may result in permanent disfigurement. Expensive treatments, including skin grafting and plastic surgery, are frequently necessary. Infection is a major concern with severe burns.
  • Amputations - Victims can lose a limb from being thrown from the vehicle, being hit with flying debris or from crushing injuries in auto accidents. When someone loses a limb, the cost of treatment can be very expensive, as the patient may need multiple prostheses over the course of a lifetime and may require ongoing physical therapy and treatment for pain.

Get Help from an Experienced Car Accident Attorney Today

At Underwood Law Offices, our car accident attorneys understand how devastating it is when a crash causes serious personal injuries. We also know how important it is to make sure your medical bills, lost wages and other damages are covered.

Let us put our legal experience to work to help you get the money that you deserve for your car accident injuries. Our attorneys want to help you recover the maximum compensation available under the law. You can reach one of our personal injury lawyers by calling 304-209-4387, or fill out our online form. We'll schedule a confidential, free consultation to talk about your case and advise you about your legal rights. There is no charge and no strings attached.