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What types of injuries can result from car accidents?

You may not feel very fortunate to survive a car accident in California if you sustained an injury as a result. There are many types of injuries that can result from a car crash, and while some are relatively mild, others can be severe or even catastrophic.

Different factors, such as vehicle speed, play into the type, location and severity of injuries you may receive in a motor vehicle accident. While it is possible for any part of the body to become hurt in a crash, some injuries tend to show up more often. 

Extremities

Doctors refer to your arms and legs collectively as your extremities, and according to FindLaw, motor vehicle accidents can result in injuries to the extremities such as torn or sprained ligaments, broken bones and even limbs that become completely severed from the body. Pedestrians and motorcyclists are even more vulnerable to these types of injuries than drivers of cars and trucks. 

Chest injuries

It is common for ribs to become broken due to the blunt force of a car accident. Though the purpose of the ribs is to protect the vital organs in the chest, broken ribs can cause injury to these soft structures, such as a punctured lung. A car accident can also cause internal bleeding, a potentially life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical treatment.

Neck injuries

Whiplash is a common and well-known injury that occurs during car crashes. Sudden and violent back-and-forth motion from the force of the impact can cause serious damage to soft tissues in the neck, such as ligaments and muscles. Neck vertebrae can also fracture in a car accident. Symptoms of neck injuries may not show up for hours or even days after the accident.

Head and back injuries

Damage to the spine from a motor vehicle accident can range from the comparatively mild, such as a herniated disk, to the severely life-changing, such as permanent paralysis from nerve damage. Striking one's head against hard structures inside the vehicle, such as a window, dashboard or steering wheel, can result in a skull fracture, with possible secondary vision or hearing loss, or a traumatic brain injury, which can have serious effects such as coma or chronic cognitive difficulties. 

The information in this article is not intended as legal advice but provided for educational purposes only.

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