WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES?
Most experts will agree that whiplash is perhaps the most common car accident injury. However, the type of injury sustained by motorists and passengers depend greatly on the type of accident in terms of speed, roadway conditions, airbag deployment, and whether or not seatbelts were being used at the time of the accident. Nevertheless, there are several common car accident injuries when even minor collisions occur. They will most often include injury to the head or neck area, as the cervical spine is one of the most fragile areas of the human body and very common in car accidents. After a rear-end or head on crash, common car accident injury victims will most often experience to the cervical spine, with most injuries being easily determined through an MRI at a trusted medical facility, followed by a professional medical evaluation. An MRI is highly recommended following a motor vehicle accident as injuries to the cervical spine may not manifest themselves immediately after the accident.
Commonly, when the cervical spine is injured in a car accident, an MRI will most often reveal one of the following:
- Disc Sprain
- Disc Strain
- Disc Bulge
- Herniated Disc
- Disc Ruptures
- Muscle Spasms
- Or other…
One of these common car accident injuries will require treatment to the cervical spine that may include physical therapy or surgery, depending on the severity of the crash and the common injuries sustained. Other common injuries from a car crash includes bruises or lacerations, especially when drivers or passengers are not restrained and airbags deploy. Commonly, diver or front-seat passengers may bang their heads against the dashboard and suffer a broken nose, which is considered a permanent injury as the accident victim may never fully recover if surgery is required. When the vehicle impact is more severe, drivers and passengers may experience common injuries to the back, more specifically the thoracic or lumbar spine area. This is also a fragile part of the body when a vehicle impact is severe.
Commonly, when the thoracic or lumbar spine is injured in a car accident, an MRI will most often reveal one of the following:
- Back Strain
- Back Sprain
- Herniated Disc/s
- Ruptured Disc/s
- Compressed (pinched) Nerve/s
- Lumbar segmental dysfunction
- Thoracic segmental dysfunction
- Lumbar spine tenderness over the interspinal ligaments
- Thoracic spine tenderness and spasms
- Lumbosacral sprain
- Effacement of the ventral aspect of the thecal sac
- Disc space narrowing
The above-mentioned common injuries to the thoracic or lumbar areas of the spine may manifest themselves through regional pain, headaches, dizziness, shoulder pain, numbness in the arms or legs, and other symptoms revealing injury to the region. Whenever a person is an accident that occurs at high speed, regardless of the direction of the impact, accident victims are advised to seek trained medical care and request an MRI to rule-out these types of injuries, which may be permanent if not treated in time. Jonathan Perazzo and his vast experience handling accident claims for clients that have suffered common thoracic or lumbar injuries, understands how these common injuries can greatly affect the quality of their lives, especially when surgery to treat them is required.
COMMON INJURIES FROM SIDE IMPACT AND ROLLOVER ACCIDENTS
These common types of accidents will most often cause bodily harm to the head, neck, shoulder, wrists, arms, back, hip, and legs. When a side impact occurs, the accident victim’s body is jerked sideways, causing the back to easily suffer a strain or injury to the discs. Injuries to the knees are quite common in side impact crashes as the other vehicle’s bumper will impact at the height of the driver or passenger’s lower back, hips, and legs. This may cause common sprains, fractures, or breaks that will most often require physical therapy and even surgery. Rollover accidents, if not deadly, will most often cause common head injury or brain trauma, which may cause irreparable damages or result in permanent injuries that will greatly affect the accident victim’s quality of life.
An MRI study may reveal one or more of the following injuries:
- Thickening and soft tissue edema
- Tendon strain
- Lateral epicondylitis
- Joint effusion
- Right shoulder spasms and tenderness
- Right shoulder pec major, subscapularis, and supraspinatus muscle tenderness
- Right shoulder restriction in extension, flexion, abduction, external rotation, adduction
- Sprain in rotator cuff capsule
- Anterior shoulder tenderness
- Posterior shoulder tenderness
- Scapula tenderness
- Lateral joint line tenderness
- Medial joint tenderness
- Lateral epicondylitis
- Tear of the posterior horn of the lateral meniscus
- Tear of the posterior horn of the medial meniscus
- Ligament tears
- Ligament extension
- Deep and superficial fluid to the medial collateral ligament
The above mentioned common car accident injuries represent just some of the bodily harm that a car or truck accident victim may suffer as a driver or passenger. Brain trauma from head injuries are also quite common car accident injuries when impacts occur at high speeds. Regardless, whatever the common car accident injury may be, medical treatment will always follow, as will medical costs and losses, some of which can devastate victims and families. When losses and expenses are incurred from common car accident injuries, a trusted personal injury lawyer should be consulted and eventually hired to handle an insurance claim for compensation. That is why, it is almost always and recommended to hire a personal injury lawyer to handle potential insurance claims for compensation to cover these common car accident injuries (SEE WHY DO I NEED TO HIRE A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER?).
After an accident in Miami, Jonathan Perazzo strongly urges accident victims to seek immediate medical care in order to evaluate the extent of the injuries and rule-out any of the above mentioned conditions. Furthermore, accident victims are advised to talk to one of the Perazzo Law Firm’s highly dedicated and professional personal injuries lawyers to find out about a possible insurance claim for compensation to cover medical expenses and losses.
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