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Common car accident injuries to watch out for

On Behalf of | Sep 25, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accident |

Driving is a serious matter that requires all of your attention and focus when you are behind the wheel. While you take this responsibility seriously, there are many other drivers in Connecticut who do not. All it takes is a single encounter with a negligent or reckless driver for a car accident to turn your life upside down.

Car accident injuries can be complicated. While some injuries are immediately obvious, others take time for symptoms to show up. Here are some of the most common injuries that victims report experiencing in car accidents.

Injuries to the head and back

Out of all the different types of injuries you may suffer in a car accident, a head injury is perhaps the most serious. You can suffer a head injury after striking your head on the wheel, window or dashboard during an accident. Head injuries may cause hearing or vision loss, as well as lasting cognitive problems. Examples of head injuries include:

  • Concussions
  • Comas
  • Skull fractures

Back injuries are also quite serious and unfortunately fairly common in car accidents. If you suffer a back injury, you may experience loss of sensation or control over your hands, arms, feet, legs or other body parts. Traumatic spinal damage can even cause paralysis.

Injuries to the neck and chest

You may have already heard of whiplash, but you may not realize just how serious this injury can be. Whiplash is the effect of a sudden jerking movement of the neck, which frequently causes serious damage to the neck ligaments and muscles. Swelling and generalized pain in the neck is pretty common among whiplash victims, while some even suffer temporary paralysis to their vocal cords.

The chest is also a common place for car accident injuries. Blunt force trauma to the chest may cause injuries such as collapsed lungs and broken ribs, or cause traumatic cardiac arrest in victims with heart problems. Internal bleeding is not at all uncommon when it comes to chest injuries, either.

Injuries to other areas of the body

Drivers and passengers alike often suffer other types of injuries too, including broken limbs, sprains and cuts. However, not all injuries are so easy to see. Emotional distress is common among car accident victims, including psychological injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

Surviving a car accident can be a traumatic experience. Focusing on recovering from your injuries can be quite a task when there are also medical bills, lost wages and other financial damages to take into account. While this may feel like an uphill battle, many victims in Connecticut have found the help they needed through the careful actions of a personal injury lawsuit.