Every time you get in your car to go somewhere, you put yourself at risk of getting in a car accident. Although you may be a careful driver, you cannot control the actions of others who drive recklessly.
In 2019, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 36,096 people in the U.S. died in car crashes. Although car accidents can be deadly, they can also cause serious and traumatic injuries.
1. Brain injuries
If you incur a head injury in a car accident, you may experience symptoms right after as well as far into the future. These long-term issues can affect your brain function and result in sleeping problems, chronic headaches and psychological problems.
Whiplash is a generalized term for injuries that affect the tendons, ligaments and muscles in a collision. During a car accident, your body moves faster than it would normally on its own, which can result in trauma to your soft tissues that does not break bones.
3. Broken bones
Even light or moderate impact during a car accident can result in broken ribs and other bones. Broken bones are common in many types of car accidents, including side-impact and rear-end crashes.
In addition to physical injuries, car accidents can result in mental and emotional injuries that can make it hard to fully recover from the collision. After you get into a crash, it can take several weeks to even several months to make a recovery from the mental, emotional and physical injuries you incur.