Each year in the United States, there are more than one million car accidents which result in injury. While some of these injuries are minor cuts and bruises, many are serious and life-altering. In this blog, our Charleston auto accident attorneys discuss some of the most commonly reported types of car accident injuries.
Soft Tissue Injuries
A soft tissue injury is any injury to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in your body. In addition to being some of the most common car accident injuries, soft tissue injuries are also some of the hardest to notice because they often do not show symptoms for days or even weeks after a crash. The best-known example of a soft tissue injury is whiplash, which is caused by sudden movement of the neck and head, and can result in severe damage to your neck muscles and ligaments.
Broken bones tend to be the most noticeable type of car accident injury, but not in all cases. In many cases, the adrenaline and commotion from the car accident can keep you from noticing minor fractures immediately. More serious breaks are usually instantly evident, and most often occur in the legs, arms, and ribs.
In part due to the increased focus on NFL player safety, we are now starting to understand the long-term effects of even seemingly mild brain injuries. In reality, these are some of the most severe car accident injuries, and are more common than many people think. During a car accident, it’s very common for drivers and passengers to hit their heads against the dashboard, steering wheel, or even a window. Some injury victims are lucky to walk away with just a mild concussion (which can still have long-term effects), while others unfortunately suffer more serious long-term issues including a coma.
Just as with soft tissue injuries, spinal injuries are often caused by the sudden movement of your body. Injuries which impact the spine or spinal cord are arguably the most serious, as they can have an immediate and severe impact on the rest of your life. A herniated disc can lead to a lifetime of back pain, while damage to the spinal cord can leave you paralyzed.
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