According to statistics collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) there are over three million people in America every year who suffer an auto accident injury! This is a huge number of people and some of them may never completely recover from the injuries that they sustain. Every accident that happens on the roads is of course different but there are certain injuries that are more prevalent than others. Some of the problems caused by an auto accident will quickly heal, whereas other problems can require extensive orthopedic treatment.
Several things can influence how severe the impact of an accident is and of course there are precautions that you can take as a driver. Small things, like wearing a seat belt, will contribute to the safety of all passengers, as will driving at a reasonable speed and always giving the road and other road users your full attention. Factors out of your control will also determine the severity of the impact, such as where your car was hit from, the speed at which the car was hit and also if the airbags were deployed properly.
When defining injuries that occur as a result of auto accidents, there are two main categories into which they can fall. The first is known as impact injuries and the second is known as penetrating injuries. As the names would suggest, an impact injury is when the body is harmed by the force of part of the car or the other car that is involved. Common examples of impact injuries are the the upper body colliding with the front or side windows and also the legs colliding with the dashboard. Penetrating injuries, on the other hand, occur when objects or pieces of glass cut or scratch the body as a result of a crash. The windows are the biggest culprit of penetrating injuries as they are likely to shatter when the force of a collision is great.
Whiplash is perhaps the most iconic injury that comes to mind when people consider car crashes and can even be experienced in less serious accidents. Whiplash occurs in the top of the back and the neck; it happens when a sudden movement stretches the ligaments and muscles in these areas. The recovery period from whiplash can be quite a long one and a neck brace will often be required.
The long-lasting impact that a car accident can have on your life can range from inconvenient to devastating. Although you can’t be responsible for the behaviour of every driver on the road, you can take all possible precautions to keep yourself and your passengers safe!