Do you know what happens to your body when you are in a car accident?
About 2.3 million people in the United States are injured due to car accidents each year. At the moment of impact, the body jerks violently, and continues to move at the speed we were driving before the accident even when the car stops.
The most common injuries during motor vehicle accidents include broken bones, bruises, lacerations, head and neck injuries, head injuries, back injuries, extremities, facial injuries, and spinal cord injuries, among others.
The severity of these depends on different factors such as the speed at which the car was traveling, whether or not the seat belt was used, the type of crash (frontal, side, etc.) and even the seat in which the victims were traveling. .
What happens to my body during a car accident?
Although all accidents are different, some of our body’s reactions can be very similar during a collision. Next, we will mention what tends to happen in an event like this.
1. Movements of the neck and head. The force of the impact can cause our head to snap back and then forcefully forward. This can not only cause you to hit the steering wheel, dashboard, or some other object, but it also affects the muscles and nerves in your body. Victims of car accidents often suffer from whiplash and head bruises.
2. Damage to extremities. During a collision, the arms and legs are less protected. If you’re driving, your legs, arms, and feet can strain trying to hit the brakes or hold on to the wheel, which can lead to anything from broken bones, sprains, and damaged nerves. Passengers, coming more relaxed, can move to all sides hitting different parts of the car, ending up with bruises, fractures and/or lacerations.
3. Seat belt damage. Although seat belts save thousands of lives each year, they can also cause injuries during an impact. Among them we can find fractured clavicles, broken ribs, internal damage, and collapsed lungs.
If you or a loved one are involved in an accident, it is important to seek immediate medical attention even if the crash was not severe. If this occurred due to the negligence of a third party, you may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit. Contact us today. We can help you!