Car accidents are a leading cause of death for people ages 1-44 according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Car accident injuries are not always immediately obvious. Sometimes the injuries tend to surface after the accident has occurred due to the endorphins that are produced at the moment of trauma. These endorphins act as painkillers which result in your body's delayed reaction to injury. After an accident, it's important to immediately seek medical attention to ensure there are no serious or life threatening injuries. As auto accident lawyers in Maryland, we've seen our fair share of car accident injuries. Injuries sustained from auto accidents depend on the impact and severity of the crash. Below, you'll find a list of the most common injuries following a car accident.
One of the most common and dangerous injuries in car accidents are head injuries. High-speed collisions leave drivers and passengers at risk of striking their head against the car interior: steering wheels, dashboards, and even windows. While an accident may not present an immediate physical injury, your brain can also be at risk due to the impact of the crash.
Back and Neck Injuries
Back and neck injuries are another common injury in auto accidents. The most common form of neck injury is whiplash or a strain. Depending on the severity of the crash, disc injuries are not out of the question. Like your neck, back injuries range from sprains, strains, fractures, and disc injuries. Back and neck injuries usually take time to surface after an accident and without seeking immediate medical help can cause pain and discomfort.
Chest, Arm, and Leg injuries
Arm and leg injuries are more common in motorcycle accidents than auto accidents, but injuries from both range from cuts and sprains to bruises. Chest injuries are also more common with motor vehicle accidents due to the lack of protection and are more serious than arm and leg injuries. Auto accidents resulting in chest injuries typically mean blunt force trauma has been inflicted upon the victim. As a result of this trauma, victims are at risk for internal injuries, broken ribs, collapsed lungs, damaged organs, and even heart problems.
Car accidents are a traumatic experience especially if you or someone you know has been critically injured or have passed away due to injuries inflicted during the car accident. Even after the physical injuries have healed, drivers and passengers may suffer from psychological injuries closely resembling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following a car accident.
Car accidents happen for a number of reasons, but the leading reason is carelessness on the part of the driver. At Watson & Moran LLC, our Maryland auto accident lawyers make you the priority. We understand what you're going through and we'd like to help. We'll do all we can to make those at fault for your injuries accountable. If you've been injured in an auto accident due to another driver's negligence, contact the Maryland auto accident lawyers at Watson & Moran LLC to discuss your case today.