Los Angeles motor vehicle accidents can cause a lot of damage. While damage to your vehicle can be expensive and inconvenient to deal with, damage to your body can mean pain, trauma, disfigurement, surgery, physical therapy, disability or even death.
There is a wide spectrum of types of injuries most commonly sustained in motor vehicle crashes. The severity of the injuries is typically dependent on several factors, including the angles at which one vehicle struck the other, the points of impact, the speeds at which the vehicles were traveling, and the size, height and weight of the vehicles involved.
Common injuries in vehicle accidents
- Neck and back injuries: the intense, rapid force that a car crash can inflict on your body can cause serious injuries that might not be immediately apparent. Neck and back injuries include whiplash, lumbar (lower back) strains, herniated discs, fractured or dislocated joints and spinal cord damage.
- Head injuries: these can range from concussions to life-changing traumatic brain injuries. TBI can alter brain functions such as memory, and affect the way you process information, stimuli and emotions. Symptoms can include vomiting, lethargy, loss of consciousness, cognitive problems, paralysis and more. TBI also results in many motor vehicle crash fatalities.
- Burns: often the result of ruptured fuel tanks or fires involving electric or hybrid vehicle batteries.
- Broken bones: these common injuries include fractures of arms and legs, as well as facial fractures (often devastating in drivers whose faces slam into steering wheels) and broken bones in wrists, hands, ankles and feet.
- Internal bleeding: this is another dangerous injury that is often not apparent at the time of the crash. Symptoms include dizziness, extreme weakness, losing consciousness, acute visual problems, numbness, severe headaches, chest pain, nausea and vomiting.
Experts say that you should always get medical attention after a violent motor vehicle crash. In most situations, serious injuries are obvious, but there are many cases in which neck, back, head and internal injuries are not immediately apparent.