Three Most Common Auto Accident Injuries
Cars, trucks, vans, they all offer convenience in the hustle and bustle of modern life. They also add a level of risk to everyday life the few give much thought to. When most people get behind the wheel of their vehicles, they do so knowing there is a risk they may get in an accident, and we accept that risk even though millions of people in the U.S. are injured each year in accidents. What are some of the most common types of auto accident injuries?
Whiplash often presents itself as neck pain via neck strains or sprains. Out of all the injuries one may experience following an auto accident, this is one of the most common types of injuries. What is whiplash, though? Simply put, it is a term that describes neck injuries sustained in auto accidents. The injuries may include soft tissue tears, muscle strain, disc damage, or nerve damage. Symptoms may include the following:
- Neck pain or stiffness
- Lack of range of motion
Concussions are another common injury from auto accidents. They’re a type of traumatic brain injury that impacts brain function. Typically they are the result of being hit on the head, though violent shaking of the upper body or head might also result in a concussion. Our brains are protected by fluids that keep them from crashing into our skulls. When our heads are jostled forcefully enough, our brains may crash into our skulls and cause injuries like concussions. Some of the most common symptoms of concussions include the following:
- Loss of consciousness
- Light and noise sensitivity
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are another common auto accident injury. In fact, the Mayo Clinic claims auto accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. This type of injury often results in a decrease or total loss of mobility or sensation. Depending on what part of the spinal cord is injured in the accident, the severity of the injury may vary. It’s important to note that a spinal cord injury can be classified in two ways, either incomplete or complete. Complete spinal cord injuries are when a patient loses all movement and feeling below the injury site. If the patient still retains some sensory or motor function below the injury site, then it’s considered an incomplete injury. Symptoms of a spinal cord injury may include:
- Impaired breathing
- Pain due to damaged nerve fibers
- Loss of movement
If you were recently injured in an auto accident and are wondering about compensation or legal options, the team at Solution Now Law Firm would like to hear from you. Our team of San Jose car accident attorneys is passionate about helping clients like you get the justice you deserve. Whether you’re suffering from whiplash or have a complete spinal cord injury, we can help you navigate the litigation process. Call our office today at 408-256-2871 to discuss your compensation options.