Each year, around 4.4 million people in the US are seriously injured in car accidents.

However, there is no single sort of injury that you can expect.

Plus, the symptoms of injuries might or might not even appear for days, weeks, or even months after the accident. Yes, that’s right!

Let’s take a look at the most common vehicle accident injuries so that you can keep an eye out for the warning signs:

1.   Scrapes And Cuts

Cuts and scrapes are common vehicle accident injuries, usually caused by objects inside the vehicle or debris from the incident.

Glass, plastic parts, and metal are all at risk of giving you scrapes and cuts.

While the damage may appear minor at first, it doesn’t take long for the wounds to bleed heavily or become infected.

Look out for signs of infection such as:

·      Redness

·      Swelling

·      Pus surrounding the wounds

 

2.   Arm And Leg Injuries

The intense impact of an accident can also seriously injure your arms and legs.

This is due to unnaturally abrupt direction shifts in a vehicle crash that cause spontaneous movements in the body’s extremities.

Symptoms to keep an eye out for:

  • Pain/bruising
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Difficulty moving

 

3.   Chest Injury

Chest injuries are among the most devastating injuries sustained in car accidents.

Unlike other body areas, the chest is more vulnerable to blunt force damage. This is due to the close proximity of the chest to other vehicle components such as the seatbelt, steering wheel, or airbag.

While some chest injuries may result in minimal bruising, others may necessitate surgery to address internal organ damage and broken ribs, among other issues.

The following are typical signs of a chest injury:

·      Bruising

·      Coughing

·      Breathing difficulties

·      Crackling in the chest

 

4.   Spinal Cord Injury

Out of all common injuries in a car accident, spinal cord injuries have the worst long-term consequences.

Damage to the spinal cord or nerves results in longstanding alterations in strength and sensation below the affected location.

Mild spinal cord injury can result in a herniated disc; however, severe cases can cause individuals to lose motor and sensory function—often known as paralysis.

If you suspect a spinal cord injury, seeking urgent medical assistance is the best way to avoid irreversible spine damage and optimize your chances of recovery.

Takeaway

Most people do not expect to be involved in a car accident.

However, most of us are statistically likely to be involved in a vehicle crash at some point in our lives, and the severity can range from a little fender-bender to a fatal accident.

If you or someone you know has been in a car accident and suspects serious injuries, don’t hesitate to contact our experts at Lakeshore Pain & Spine Center.