A number of three million people across the country are getting injured in vehicle accidents every year, based on the studies of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Mainly, there are varied types of injuries that can occur in a vehicle. However, discussed here are some of the most common types of injuries that can occur on the road.
Basically, there are two major types of injuries, namely, impact injuries and penetrating injuries. The former damages are caused when the interior part of the car is hit by any of the passenger’s body part. Meanwhile, the latter injuries comprise of cuts and scrapes.
The intensity of head injuries ranges from minor to highly severe. Unnatural and sudden movements will be experienced by the occupant of the car due to the most unexpected change in direction or stopping abruptly. A collision with the steering wheel or side window can result in bruises and scrapes in the head. Seldom incidents can even cause deep lacerations. The tissue and fluid inside the skull will get affected in the more severe collisions.
Leg and Arm Injuries
Legs and arms can be hit hard on to the door when your car undergoes a side impact. Moreover, very small room for movement will be left for your legs if you are on the passenger seat of the car. Such injuries will be wholly influenced by the type of collision taking place. It may be sprains, breaks or merely scrapes and bruises.
Scrapes and Cuts
Deploying the airbags in any collision can lead to cuts or scrapes. Dash-mounted GPS systems, eyeglasses, cell phones, coffee mugs, books and purses are some of the examples of loosely packed objects that might add to the cause of injuries. Some of the scrapes and cuts are extremely serious resulting in blood loss and needful of stitches.
Injuries in the chest constitute one of the most common types of injury that can result from car collisions. The most severe chest injuries can lead to broken ribs or other internal injuries. Other common injuries include bruises or contusions. Only minimum freedom of movement will be available to the passengers on the driver seats, as they will be stuck very badly behind the steering wheel.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Injuries on the soft tissues are the most common type of injury caused by car accidents. In most general terms, the damages occurred to the connective tissue of the body such as the ligaments, tendons and muscles are grouped under soft tissue injuries.