Common Vehicle Accident Injuries

Millions of people get injured each year as a result of car accidents. These range from minor injuries that require a few days to recover from to serious injuries that lead to hospital time and months of recovery. Automobile accidents are unpredictable and can cause different types of injuries depending on several factors. These injuries also vary in severity depending on the following:

  • Were seatbelts worn?
  • What angle did the car get hit from?
  • Was the person facing forward during the accident?
  • What was the speed at which the car/cars were moving at?
  • Did airbags deploy?

Injuries that individuals sustain can fall into two categories, caused by impact or caused by other objects such as shattered glass. Here is an overview of some of the more common injuries.

Head Injuries

Head injuries can be common during car accidents because your body is being thrown around the car in unnatural ways even if you are safely buckled up. You can hurt your head if you were to bang against the steering wheel or your side window, causing bruises or scrapes.

In cases of severe accidents, closed head injuries can occur. This can look like bruises or tears of tissue or blood vessels, concussions, or lasting damage to the brain.


Our bodies bruise much more easily than we think. Even minor car accidents can cause some bruising if you were to hit your knees against the inside of the car or be jerked forward into your seatbelt. Luckily, these can usually heal up by themselves within a couple of weeks.


Whiplash refers to any strains, pain, or discomfort in your neck and back after a car accident. This is caused when your body gets jolted or flung around in a way it is not supposed to. Your muscles and ligaments may ache for weeks after, but whiplash rarely results in any permanent injuries.

Broken Bones and Fractures

There are many ways broken bones can occur during an accident especially if there is a big impact. You may sustain these injuries from being pinned against a section in the car, being slammed into the interior, or bearing the force of a seatbelt against or chest. This type of injury requires immediate medical attention and you may need a cast or surgery to get you on the road to recovery.

Cuts and Scratches

Any loose objects inside the car can cause cuts and scrapes from water bottles to phones to shattered glass if the windshield or windows burst or even the airbag. These cause much more damage in car accidents because the objects become projectiles that move at quick speeds within the car.

Cuts and scratches, fortunately, are surface-level injuries that require little to no medical care. In severe cases, stitches may be needed. In minor cases a band-aid and a few days will do the trick.

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