Over 3 million people are injured in car accidents in the United States each year, and among these, 2 million are often permanent. Despite the numerous attempts to alleviate this issue by continually upgrading safety features and changing driving laws, the numbers are consistent.
The Top Five
The severity of the injuries one can sustain in an accident often range from minor bumps and bruises to life-altering brain injuries and more. But what are the top five most common injuries that result from car accidents?
Soft Tissue Injuries
Unsurprisingly, the number one most common is the soft tissue injury. These include bruises, sprains, and cuts, to name a few. They are likely to require the least amount of medical attention following an accident, but it may be a sign of a more serious injury if these symptoms appear much later.
While whiplash is technically considered a soft tissue injury, it gets its own ranking because of how prominent it can be for motorists. It's estimated that over 2 million people in the United States suffer from whiplash each year, accounting for 60% of impairment claims.
Traumatic brain injuries like concussions and contusions are some that can do the most lifelong damage. This is because of the impact on different areas of the brain that control speech, motor skills, and even personality. While these are fairly easy to diagnose, some symptoms may not appear until days after. You should always be cautious and seek medical attention if you start experiencing any kind of dizziness, nausea, or headaches after an accident.
Broken Bones and Fractures
Due to the force that comes from being struck by another vehicle, broken bones are likely to occur at any speed greater than 25 mph. Most of these injuries occur above the waist, with the most common being the clavicle, pelvic bone, facial bones, and neck/back vertebrae, to name a few. If you show any signs of bruising, inflammation, or visible deformity, you may need to get checked for any fractures or breaks.
Mental Health Issues
Although some may not consider this an injury due to the lack of visible symptoms, mental health issues following an accident are unfortunately common. Motorists may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety, and even a phobia of merely being in a car.
Fortunately, there are many resources available to help those in need, and you don't have to work through this alone.
Car Accident Injury? Our Louisiana Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help
Hinch and Associates PLC is dedicated to helping those suffering from injuries after a car accident. If you or a loved one needs assistance seeking compensation for your personal injury case, contact our Lake Charles attorney today. Call (337) 222-3434 or visit our website to schedule a consultation.