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Car accident catastrophic injuries you should be aware of

On Behalf of | Jan 12, 2024 | Catastrophic Injuries |

Car accidents can lead to life-altering injuries that profoundly impact individuals and their families.

Understanding these injuries can help drivers and passengers take precautions and stay vigilant on the road.

Traumatic brain injuries

In 2021, 46,980 people died and 5,400,000 people sought medical attention for motor vehicle accident injuries, but many of these injuries were disabling or catastrophic. One of the most severe consequences of a car accident is a traumatic brain injury. A sudden jolt or impact can cause the brain to collide with the skull, leading to bruising or tearing. TBIs can result in long-term cognitive impairments, affecting memory, concentration and overall brain function.

Spinal cord injuries

Car accidents can also cause damage to the spinal cord, leading to paralysis or loss of motor function. The severity of spinal cord injuries varies, but even a minor injury can have significant consequences.

Internal organ damage

The force of a car crash can cause internal organs to collide with each other or with the bony structures of the body. This can result in organ rupture or internal bleeding. Prompt medical attention is important to identify and address internal injuries effectively.

Severe burns

In some accidents, vehicles may catch fire, leading to severe burns. Burns can cause long-term physical and emotional trauma. They may require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation.

Emotional and psychological impact

Beyond physical injuries, car accidents can also have a profound emotional and psychological impact. Post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression are common after a traumatic event.

Defensive driving, obeying traffic rules and using safety features reduce the risk of severe injuries in the event of a car accident.