Most common injuries in car accidents

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2024 | Car Accidents

Over five million car accidents occurred in the United States in 2020. More than 1.5 million of these resulted in injuries, while 35,766 have been fatal.

These statistical numbers underscore the considerable risk and potential severity of traffic accidents. Road collisions can range from minor fender benders to major crashes, and the injuries sustained can vary just as widely. Here is a breakdown of the most frequent types of injuries in car accidents.


Whiplash happens when the force of the crash causes a person’s head to snap rapidly back and forth, making it one of the most sustained injuries in car accidents. Typically occurring in rear-end collisions, this sudden movement can stretch or tear muscles and tendons in the neck. Symptoms can include neck pain, stiffness and headaches. Whiplash does not become apparent in the immediate aftermath of a car accident. Nevertheless, it can cause long-term damage if not treated properly. Seeking medical attention as soon as possible is crucial.


Head injuries are not uncommon in vehicular collisions. The impact can be violent enough to cause someone to hit their head against a solid surface in the car’s interior. This can lead to a concussion, a type of brain injury that happens when a blow causes the brain to move violently against the skull. The effects of this injury may include headaches, confusion, dizziness or even long-term symptoms like memory problems and lack of balance.

Cuts and lacerations

Aside from impact injuries, drivers and passengers can also suffer wounds from sharp objects that are flying inside the vehicle, such as glass from broken windows or metal from damaged car parts. These objects can cause cuts and lacerations that can range from minor wounds to deeper gashes that may require stitches.

Sustaining injuries in car accidents should not be taken lightly. Always seek medical attention immediately after an accident, as injuries, especially internal ones, may not show symptoms immediately. It is also wise to consult with a personal injury lawyer who can offer advice on obtaining compensation and damages.


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