Every year, more than 300,000 motor vehicle crashes occur in Illinois. Even worse, more than 67,000 people were injured in auto accidents in 2018. The Illinois Department of Transportation classifies injuries incapacitating (A-Injury), non-incapacitating (B-Injury), and possible injury (C-Injury). Some injuries occur more often than others. If you have been in a collision, there’s a good chance you suffered one or more of the following common car accident injuries.
#1. Cuts and Bruises
The human body’s largest organ is simple – it’s your skin. So, it makes sense that a car accident might cause damage to your skin. Cuts and bruises, which may also be called lacerations or contusions, would be considered non-capacitating B-injuries. You may receive these common car accident injuries in low-impact collisions.
#2. Broken Bones
During an accident, you may be tossed around in the car. Items in the vehicle could become airborne, causing broken bones and other injuries.
People with broken bones typically have to get more medical treatment than someone with cuts and bruises. Also, there is a real possibility that they may have to miss work. If so, they might make a claim for lost wages.
#3. Head Injuries
This type of traumatic injury can be life-altering and life-threatening. Head injuries can range from cuts and bruises to skull fractures and concussions., or worse. Doctors may need to run diagnostic tests on this common car accident injury.
#4. Soft Tissue Injuries
These injuries can be challenging to define. Victims may even have trouble getting people to believe they have an injury. That’s because soft tissue injuries involve muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Injuries may not be noticeable and many tests, like MRIs and CT-scans.
Your personal injury lawyer will help you understand how to deal with these kinds of common car accident injuries.
#5. Internal Bleeding
Car accidents often happen so quickly you may not know exactly what has happened to you. The impact could cause serious internal injuries that do not show symptoms for hours or even days. That’s one reason it is so important to have a medical professional check you out after a car accident. Internal bleeding can seriously damage organs like your liver and kidneys. Without treatment, they can be fatal.
#6. Spinal Injuries
Other common car accident injuries involve your spine. In fact, automobile accidents are a leading cause of spinal cord injury. The long-term effects include paralysis, pressure sores, bone fractures, and muscle atrophy. However, a serious spinal cord injury could cause complications with every part of your body.
If you have suffered a spinal injury caused by a car accident, you may need medical treatment for the rest of your life. Your personal injury attorney may be able to negotiate a settlement or get a jury verdict that provides compensation for that treatment.
#7. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Some common car accident injuries are hard to diagnose. People often suffer depression or anxiety, especially after a particularly serious crash.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often happens after any kind of distressing or painful experience. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), about 39% of people who survive a car accident develop PTSD.
Signs of PTSD include:
- Fear of getting into a car,
- Fear of driving,
- Sleeplessness, and
- Thinking about the accident all the time.
Medication and therapy can help you overcome PTSD.
Are You Suffering from One of the Common Car Accident Injuries Mentioned Above?
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