Car crashes are a leading cause of injuries in the United States, with over 1.6 million injuries reported in 2012 alone. While every crash and every injury is different, some injuries are more commonly associated with auto accidents than others are.
Head and Neck Injuries
Perhaps the most widely known car accident injury is whiplash. Whiplash can vary in intensity, from a minor (and literal) pain in the neck to soft tissue damage that may take months to heal. Head injuries, also a common result of car accidents, can vary from a mild concussion to permanent brain damage or even death.
Broken or fractured bones often result from a crash. While simple fractures usually heal completely with little more than a cast or splint, complex fractures and crushed bones may require surgery to correct.
Bruises and Cuts
Many people come away from a minor crash with only small cuts and a few bruises. In some accidents, broken glass or unsecured objects inside the vehicle can cause deep cuts that may require stitches.