The Most Common Car Accident Injuries

December 11, 2012

Auto Accidents

common car accident injuriesVehicular accidents occur far too often on Ohio’s roadways.  Between 2001 and 2007, serious auto accident injuries averaged more than 133,000 per year with an average of 1,300 fatalities per year.

Statistics tallied from government agencies, personal injury lawsuits and insurance claims indicate the most common auto accident injuries are:

1. Head injuries

2. Neck injuries

3. Spinal injuries

4. Back Injuries

5. Facial injuries

6. Chest injuries

7. Arm, elbow, wrist and hand injuries

8. Leg , knee, ankle and foot injuries

9. Psychological injuries

According to one study, the most common reasons for car accidents include driver negligence such as distracted driving (texting, talking on the cell phone, tuning in a radio station), drug and alcohol impairment, faulty tires, brakes or other defective equipment and poorly designed, badly maintained, or improperly marked roadways.

Head injuries in car accidents include open head wounds, seen when a person is cut by metal or glass, and also encompass closed head injury such as traumatic brain injuries, which are more common in side impact or rear end auto accidents.  The external force of the car accident traumatizes the brain and could cause a minor concussion or extremely serious injury.

CT scans and MRIs are often used to diagnose these types of injuries, but doctors may not order them immediately after a car accident because of the expense.  Brain injury can lead to temporary or permanent impairment and can be difficult to diagnose because it manifests in many different ways.

Neck injuries range from whiplash to disc injuries.  Eighty percent of persons suffering injury in a car accident have some form of whiplash injury which occurs when the head is violently snapped backward and then forward.  This injures the soft tissues of the neck and upper back comprised of nerves, muscles, and ligaments.  Generally, whiplash injury is painful, but short-lived and minor.  Some people with whiplash injury may require rehabilitative therapy or several visits to chiropractors.  A few experience lifelong damage.

Discs lie between each vertebrae in the spine and form joints which make the spine flexible.  Discs in the neck or spine may bulge, slip or rupture after a car accident injury.  Sometimes it takes until months after an injury in a car accident to identify a disc injury and relate it to the accident.

Spinal and back injuries occur when the lower back is jerked about in an auto accident.  The driver may experience lumbar back sprain or strain which includes muscle spasms and intolerable pain.  More serious injuries such as spinal cord injuries could be caused by bruising, compression, lacerations or specific damage to the cervical spinal cord area.  These injuries can cause severe nerve damage and result in permanent paralysis.

Many discs in the back can also be injured in a car accident.  Thoracic, mid-back, lumbar and lower back discs may be affected.  Some of these injuries may require surgery to fuse the spine or remove material in the discs.

Injuries to the face range from minor cuts to severe disfigurement.  The internal organs most frequently injured in vehicle accidents are:

1. Lungs

2. Spleen

3. Ribs

4. Bowels

5. Kidneys

6. Liver

7. Heart

Upper limbs most frequently damaged in a car accident are hands, wrists, forearms, shoulders and fingers.  Lower limbs most at risk are hips, legs, knees, ankles and feet.  Stress fractures and fractures of the pelvis are also common car accident injuries.

Psychological injuries are also frequently experienced.  Drivers and passengers are emotionally distressed and in shock and can even trace long-term conditions such as post-traumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD) to events from an auto accident.

The type and severity of auto accident injury sustained depends on where you are sitting in the vehicle at the time of the accident and on the type of accident that occurred.   For example, those sitting in the front seat are more likely to suffer serious injury.

Auto accident injury attorneys understand how a tragic incident can leave victims financially, emotionally and physically devastated.  At the Ohio law firm of Slater & Zurz LLP, we aggressively advocate on behalf of our clients who have been seriously hurt in automobile accidents and/or financially damaged by the negligence of another.

If you or someone you know was the victim of an automobile crash, please call our office at 1-888-534-4850 for a free consultation and case review.

According to the statute of limitations in Ohio, you have one year from the date of the accident to file your claim.  Do not delay if you believe someone’s else negligence or recklessness has impacted your life and altered the manner in which you are used to living.  You deserve compensation for whatever you may have suffered because of this unfortunate accident.

In lieu of contacting our law firm by phone, you can describe the accident to us and its repercussions by going to our website and filling out the brief FREE CASE REVIEW on the top right hand side of the page.  Please visit

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