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What Injuries Could be Caused by a Car Accident (And How To Protect Yourself)

How do you make sure that you are protected from trouble… both during and after the accident?

Researched, written by Amber & The Team
Updated on September 26, 2023

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No one wants to be involved in a car accident, but if you do happen to be involved in a car accident, then you should hope to be uninjured by the crash.

However, not everyone is so lucky and injuries can happen during a car accident of any severity.

What are some of the most common injuries that can happen during a car crash, and how do you make sure that you are protected from trouble… both during and after the accident?


Common Injuries Caused By A Car Accident


One of the most common types of injuries, and the injury that you want to get during a crash, are simple cuts and bruises. Loose objects inside of the car, as well as any debris or glass that comes out as a result of the car crash, will become a projectile that can impact you and your body during the accident.

Especially at very high speeds.

Impacts from the crash can cause cuts and bruises on your body, and most of these will not require medical treatment.

For those that do, you will often get stitches, but cuts and bruises are not the types of injuries that you need to worry about.

Head and chest injuries are also common types of car accident injuries, and they can either be minor or severe.

Your head could impact or be impacted by several things during a car crash, and it could cause whiplash, a concussion, bruising, or even open head injuries that can result in severe injuries.

Severe whiplash injuries, though less frequent, can cause lasting symptoms by damaging the cervical spine, nerves, or other structures.

Bruising, especially involving organs like the liver, spleen, or kidneys, may indicate internal bleeding.

Symptoms of internal bleeding may encompass spreading bruising, abdominal pain, dizziness, or low blood pressure.

Long-term effects of concussion can severely impact cognitive functions and overall well-being.

Open head injuries may result in various severe medical complications and consequences, depending on their severity and location.

Swift medical attention, which may involve skull repair, bleeding, or swelling management surgery, is vital for improving the prognosis.

Chest injuries can also run the gauntlet of being minor or severe.

You can be jostled around by the impact and receive bruises, broken ribs, or internal bleeding.

As well as injuries when your body collides with the seatbelt, the airbags, or another part of the car.

Still, every part of your body can be injured during a car accident, and every part can be injured to different levels of severity because there are a lot of different factors that come into play whenever a crash happens.


How Do You Protect Yourself?


Accidents do happen, but it’s essential to take proactive measures and have the right safeguards in place to mitigate their impact.

  • First, the most common way to keep yourself safe is to avoid accidents altogether.
  • You need to obey the rules of the road and be a defensive driver to mitigate the risk of accidents.
  • Always wear your safety belts.
  • Never drive under the influence of substances.
  • Additionally, investing in a car that has a lot of safety features can also help stop injuries from becoming very severe.

Indeed, the best protection in a car accident involves a combination of proactive measures and financial safeguards.

Defensive driving courses can teach advanced techniques to anticipate and react to potential accidents.

Choosing a vehicle with anti-lock brakes, airbags, and lane departure warning is also important.

Regular vehicle maintenance helps prevent mechanical failures that could lead to accidents.

Keeping an emergency kit is practical, and staying informed about road conditions and avoiding impairment is essential.

Adequate car insurance, including liability, comprehensive, collision, and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, is a must.

However, car accidents will happen no matter what you do, and while you might have the best car in the world and the skills to avoid major problems from a crash, that doesn’t mean your problems are over.


Always Call a Reputable Lawyer Before Signing Anything or Making a Recorded Statement to an Insurance Company


If another driver was involved in the crash, they might be using their insurance company to try and get you to pay for their injuries or the repairs to their car.

Often insurance companies know the immediate actions to be taken after a car accident, and it can overwhelm you into signing something that you don’t understand.

You should always work with a car accident lawyer because they know how to keep you safe and keep insurance companies from taking advantage of you after a crash.

Contact a lawyer right away, and don’t feel pressured to sign anything until you speak with them and they take a look at it for you.

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