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What Are Some Common Injuries that Result from Car Accidents?

In the United States, nearly 2.5 million people are seriously hurt or permanently disabled from car accidents every year and on average, 90 people die from car accidents every day. An accident is possible every time someone gets in a vehicle, and the event could lead to immense mental, physical, and financial distress.

Common Car Accident Injuries

A 3,000+ pound car crashing into another vehicle or stationary object can cause serious injury to virtually any part of a passenger's body. These injuries are sometimes quickly healed or can linger for the rest of the victim's life. There is no limit to the type of injury or even wrongful death resulting from a car accident. However, below are some of the most common.

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). A TBI is an injury that affects how the brain works. Depending on the severity of the injury and the person's medical history, symptoms could heal within a few months or affect cognitive functioning for the rest of their life. The most severe TBIs can cause permanent brain damage, coma, or death.
  • Back Injuries. The human spine and body cannot sustain the intense impact that can result from a car accident. Often, back injuries plague a person for the rest of their life, especially if not properly treated right away.
  • Knee Injuries. During a crash, a person’s knees can be slammed, twisted, or smashed into parts of the vehicle. These injuries could range from minor bruises to fractures and tears.
  • Internal Bleeding. Damage to internal organs can happen when a body is forced into an object or harshly hit by flying debris. This can result in internal bleeding and requires emergency medical treatment.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A car accident can be a terrifying event that could leave people with fears about driving again. For a full recovery, it is imperative to focus on mental health as much as recovering from physical injuries.
  • Whiplash And Neck Injuries. Suddenly stopping can result in injuries to the neck's muscles, ligaments, tendons, and soft tissues. Crashing at speeds as low as 15 mph can lead to whiplash and neck injuries, even if wearing a seatbelt.

You Need An Experienced Car Accident Attorney On Your Side

Many people think they will be fairly compensated by the at-fault party’s insurance company. However, insurance companies are in the business of making money. They will do whatever it takes to minimize the claim and pay the bare minimum. Hiring a top Bay Area auto accident attorney can help you get paid 3.5x more in their personal injury cases than if you did not have legal representation, according to recent statistics.

Our car accident lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson have secured over $1 Billion for clients and are listed inThe Best Lawyers in America© and Super Lawyers® Magazine. We utilize extensive resources to investigate our clients’ accidents, identify how negligence played a role, and determine who we can pursue for damages. Our team will handle it all so you can focus on your mental, emotional, and physical recovery.

Let’s get you on the road to recovery. Please get in touch with us for a free and confidential consultation: (888) 831-8448 or fill out this online form to get started.