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What are the most common injuries after a car accident?

On Behalf of | Oct 31, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury |

More than 250,000 people sustain injuries every year in California car accidents. Injuries range from ones that cause temporary suffering to those that can affect you for the rest of your life.

Minor injuries

Throughout the U.S., more than 3 million people visit the ER following motor vehicle accidents. Of these ER visits, more than half involve these types of minor injuries:

  • Bruises
  • Minor scrapes
  • Sprains or strains


In car accidents, your head often jerks forward and backward quickly. This results in the injury known as whiplash. The effects of whiplash can be immediately obvious but may stretch on for years. Whiplash may cause:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Neck pain
  • Severe headaches
  • Shoulder and arm pain

Broken bones

People who sustain broken bones in car accidents make up more than half of the long-term accident-related hospitalizations. The bones most commonly affected during a car accident include:

  • Face bones
  • Arm bones
  • Vertebrae
  • Collarbone
  • Cranium

Back and spinal injuries

Spinal or back injuries can cause severe injuries that also inflict significant pain. Common ramifications of back and spine injuries include:

  • Tingling in extremities
  • Loss of bladder and bowel function
  • Permanent mobility loss
  • Circulatory issues

Traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries occur when your brain receives sudden trauma. Both minor and severe symptoms can occur, such as:

  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Mood swings
  • Increased anxiety

While many car accident victims are lucky enough to walk away from an accident with only temporary injuries, other accidents can create long-term physical or emotional difficulties. If another person causes the accident that created your injuries, you may wish to a consider personal injury lawsuit.