Some of the Common Physical Consequences of a Car Accident
When you’re involved in a motor vehicle accident—a few thousand pounds of metal colliding with another few thousand pounds of metal, often at significant speed and with substantial impact—injuries are almost unavoidable. Though soft-tissue injuries such as whiplash, muscle, tendon and ligament trauma can be almost universal, there are other types of injuries that are frequently the result of a collision:
- A herniated disc — You have a number of discs in your spinal cord, from your neck down to your pelvis, that provide cushioning and protect the bundles of nerves that run up and down your spinal cord. Those discs have a soft center and a harder outside casing. The impact of a crash can cause the inner soft center to break through the outside casing, impinging on nerves and causing pain, numbness or loss of sensation.
- Knee injuries — It’s fairly common for a driver or passenger to be thrown into the dashboard or steering wheel as a result of impact. Any number of injuries can occur, from a broken knee cap to torn ligaments or tendons to damage to the cartilage (meniscus) around the knee.
- Shoulder injuries — You can experience trauma in your shoulder from a number different events, including the deployment of an air bag, a collision with a dashboard, door or windshield, or injury caused by the seat belt.
- Traumatic brain injury — You can suffer serious brain injury, regardless of whether your head makes impact with your car or any other object. A sudden impact can cause your brain to collide with your skull, causing inflammation and swelling that can be very dangerous.
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