Injuries Common In Car Accidents...and How You Can Be Safe

Car accidents occur frequently in Long Island and all throughout New York. As a result, many individuals suffer serious injuries. Even more difficult is when these injury-causing accidents are the result of someone else’s negligent actions.

These types of situations often require those involved to pursue medical treatment, as well as potential legal options. However, when you have a lawyer on your side, you can have someone focus on your legal matters while you focus on your own physical and mental recovery.

Knowing which injuries are commonly caused in car accidents is important so you can really understand the treatment options and what to do next. Here are some of the injuries that are commonly caused in a car accident:

  • Whiplash
  • Neck injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Bruises
  • Internal bleeding
  • Post-traumatic stress

Whiplash and Neck Injuries

In some accidents, especially rear-end collisions, neck injuries are far more common. One injury that many people have probably heard of is whiplash, which is a common problem that occurs when muscles and soft tissues are strained from the trauma of an accident.

Whiplash typically occurs when the head jolts backward and forward following the collision and there are injuries to muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It can be a painful injury and may take time before it properly heals.

Brain Injuries

The impact of a catastrophic car accident can be daunting for all individuals involved. Unfortunately, this includes traumatic brain injuries that occur when the brain makes contact with the skull as individuals’ heads jolt back and forth.

Brain injuries can also occur from trauma should the head make contact with the frame of the vehicle, the dashboard, or any other part of the vehicle. As a result, they could experience brain bleeds or worse trauma.

Lacerations and Bruises

The impact of a car accident may involve flying debris such as glass or pieces of metal. As a result, the individuals in the vehicle can suffer lacerations on their face, neck, arms, or other parts of their body exposed to the elements of the crash.

Bruises are also very common in crashes, sometimes being more significant than your typical bruise. The seat belt can cause bruising across the chest or the impact of the accident can cause bruised ribs, making it difficult for the individual involved to breathe.

Internal Bleeding

In accidents, it’s not just the visible injuries that are impactful to those involved in the crash. It’s also the internal damage a person can sustain such as organ damage that may lead to internal bleeding. When organs inside the body are damaged, it can lead to life-threatening damages.

Post-Traumatic Stress

Post-traumatic stress is not just for those involved in war. An accident can result in serious emotional damages and cause the individual to experience fear and anxiety in the future when they relive the memory. Flashbacks and triggers are common following serious accidents.

Other injuries can include knee damage, herniated discs, and other psychological pain that a person can sustain.

For individuals on the road, it’s important to take steps to stay safe. This includes wearing your seatbelt, being completely aware of your surroundings, not following too closely to other drivers, obeying traffic laws, and properly maintaining your vehicle.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Long Island, you need legal help to guide you through the complex matters that follow. At O2 Law, we are here to represent you and help you seek the compensation you need and deserve.

Our Long Island car accident attorneys have more than 150 years of legal experience combined. We put our knowledge and skills to work for you so you can hold the negligent party accountable for their actions and obtain justice.

Contact us today at (631) 250-4212 to schedule your free consultation and speak with our team about your potential case. We’ve successfully recovered over $100 million on behalf of our clients.