Types of Car Collision Injuries
Car collisions are one of the leading causes of injuries. In 2015, 31,094 car collisions occurred in Dallas, TX, resulting in 17,378 injuries and possible injuries. A car collision exerts powerful gravitational forces that the human body is not meant to withstand. When a vehicle collides with another car or object, it can damage any part of the body.
No two car crashes are the same. Find out about the most common types of car collision injuries and what to do in the aftermath of a traumatic crash.
Three Collisions in a Crash
In every car collision, there are three collisions: vehicle, human, and internal. The vehicle collision occurs when the car’s momentum abruptly halts when it contacts another car or object. The human collision occurs when the body impacts objects inside the vehicle, such as the seatbelt or steering column. When the body’s movement comes to a stop, the internal organs continue moving toward the point of impact. They collide with each other, with bones, and other components in the body. This is the internal collision. The human collision can cause broken bones, muscle, and ligament damage. The internal collision can result in organ damage, internal bleeding, and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
Head and Brain Injuries
Head and brain injuries often result from car collisions, and they are some of the most devastating damages that a person can endure. A concussion is the most common type of head and brain injury. The brain is a sensitive organ that can sustain damage in an collision from striking the sides of the skull. This internal collision can cause the brain to bleed or swell, leading to a TBI. Symptoms can be moderate, such as headache and dizziness, or severe. Severe TBIs can result in temporary or permanent brain damage, coma, and death.
Neck and Back Injuries
Car collisions routinely whip a person’s head and neck forward and backward rapidly, causing whiplash injuries and neck strain. Indeed, a rear-end collision can cause whiplash. Neck injuries can range from minor discomfort to serious harm, such as cervical dislocation or disc injury. When an collision strains neck muscles and ligaments, it can take months to fully heal.
Back injuries are also fairly common in car collisions. Any damage to the spinal cord is serious and can cause permanent damage, such as loss of sensation and movement. There are many different types and levels of spinal cord injury, from a herniated disc to a vertebra fracture causing partial paralysis. In some cases, a car collision victim may not notice a back injury until days after the crash.
Car collisions may also involve the chest area. As the driver and passengers move toward the point of impact, their chests often collide with stationary objects (i.e. the seatbelt, steering wheel, or dashboard) and absorb the energy. Blunt force trauma to the chest can be life threatening, leading to collapsed lungs or broken ribs. Internal bleeding can also occur within the chest.
Have You Been Injured in a Car Collision?
These are just a few of the many different types of injuries that you might sustain in a car collision. Victims can also suffer injuries to the extremities, such as broken limbs and ligament damage. In collisions involving pedestrians or motorcyclists, injuries are typically more severe and numerous. A traumatic car collision can also cause mental and emotional harm, including fear, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
No matter what type of injury you have suffered in a car collision, contact the Law Office of Stephen W. Shoultz to discuss your eligibility to receive compensation. We will go over your case in detail with a free initial consultation, either over the phone or in person at our Dallas, TX office.