Millions of people are injured every year due to vehicle accidents across California. There are various types of injuries resulting from car accidents, while some are more common than others. Some car accident injuries can be resolved days after the incident without any need for medical treatment. Severe injuries may become permanent and can result in potential physical disability.
There are several factors that may determine the impact an individual could experience including:
- Whether you were wearing a seatbelt
- Whether you were hit from the side, rear, or fron
- Whether your body was faced forward or turned in a specific direction
- Whether a collision was caused by a low or high speed crash
- Airbags or lack thereof
There are two types of injuries that are caused by car accidents: impact injuries and penetrating injuries.
Impact injuries are caused when an individual’s body hits a certain part of the interior of the car. An example could be when someone’s head clashes with the side window or when a knee slams on the dashboard.
Penetrating injuries normally cause a range of injuries, from cuts and scrapes all the way up to more serious internal injuries. These injuries can be caused by shattering glass, along with loose objects flying out of the car after the collision. Additional injuries resulting from vehicle collisions may include:
- Brain damage
- Broken ribs
- Chest injuries
- Arm & leg injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Post-traumatic stress disorder