Nowadays, all cars are designed with multiple safety features. Vehicle makers build cars in a way that displaces the kinetic energy that occurs during an accident. While these measures have done much to minimize injuries that happen during an accident, there is still no escaping the fact that your body will absorb some of the impact - something it wasn’t designed to do. Depending on the severity of a car accident, injuries can range from short-term pain and discomfort to life-altering injuries.
Researchers have proven that even low speed accidents can have a serious effect on those involved. In one study, “nineteen medically screened, healthy, informed, and willing volunteers (17 men, 2 women; mean age, 37 years) were exposed to low-speed frontal crashes.” The result? “Eighty-eight percent of volunteers attributed symptoms of discomfort to their crash exposure.” While none of their injuries were severe or required medical attention, the study concluded “Even at relatively low speeds, there is no lower threshold below which it can be reasonably assumed that healthy and prepared volunteer rear seat passengers will not sustain some level of minor injury in a frontal collision.”
Common Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents can cause serious injuries with long-lasting effects. For example, one serious injury that is common in a car accident is head impact. On impact, your head may collide with the headrest, steering wheel, airbag or window. This can cause concussions, headaches and/or pain and discomfort in the head and neck area. If you suffer a serious head impact during an accident, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.
Probably the most common car accident injury we see and treat in our practice is whiplash. Especially when you are rear ended, your neck is thrown back by the force of impact and then rebounds forward. This can result in injured tendons and ligaments and can cause severe pain that lasts for days, weeks or even longer.
Shoulder and knee injuries are also common car accident injuries. Shoulder injuries can occur when you see the crash coming and brace yourself for impact with your arms. Knee injuries can occur when your knees hit the door or dashboard upon impact.
What to Do After a Car Accident
Even if you feel alright after a car accident, it is crucial to be examined by a medical professional to rule out injuries that need immediate attention. This is because the adrenaline pumping through your body or the shock you experience could prevent you from feeling the pain of a serious injury.
If you’ve been in a car accident and continue to feel lasting pain and discomfort in your neck, back or head, you may have a hidden spinal injury. We would be happy to make a thorough examination and help you find relief from any injuries you sustained in a car accident, even if it happened years ago. Contact our office to set up a complimentary consultation so we can discuss what the best path to recovery is for you.