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What Are the Most Common Car Accident Injuries?

The DMV is no stranger to car accidents. As a matter of fact, December 2023 was quite the busy month for car accidents in our area, and the earlier part of 2024 is shaping up to be much of the same way. 

With car accidents often come car accident injuries.  Here at The Lapidus Law Firm, this is a huge part of our work.  Clients come to us for legal representation when they’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence. So, what types of injuries are they experiencing?  Forbes magazine did some investigating, which aligns with what our clients are experiencing. 

What Did Forbes Magazine Find Out About Car Accident Injuries? 

Forbes did a deep dive into 15 Common Car Crash Injuries. Most notable is the advice the writer provides at the very beginning of the article. 

“It’s important to recognize that you may not be aware of your injuries, or the extent of your injuries, while you’re at the scene of the accident. If anything feels different or unusual, no matter how minor, let on-site medical staff know. If you aren’t evaluated on-scene, you should go to the emergency room or make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. Prompt medical treatment will give you the best chance at recovery from car crash injuries.”

Our attorneys couldn’t agree more. It is imperative – for insurance, legal and health reasons, to get medical attention as soon as possible.  And not from an urgent care facility: While it is better than no medical care at all, a medical doctor’s notes, diagnosis, and professional opinions could hold up much better in a court of law. 

The statistics shared by Forbes are interesting. 

  • 35% of people killed and injured in vehicles were occupants of passenger cars
  • 27% were occupants of light trucks
  • 20% were pedestrians, pedal cyclists and other non-occupants
  • 14% were motorcyclists
  • 4% were occupants of large trucks or buses

They also broke down car accidents into two different categories:

  • Impact injuries: These occur when a passenger strikes any component of the interior of the car or is thrown from the car and strikes the ground or other objects. For example, if a driver sustains a head injury when his head hits the side window, this would be an example of an impact injury.
  • Penetrating injury: These occur when loose objects flying around the vehicle strike the passenger. An example would be a window shattering and cutting a collision victim

What Are The Car Accident Injury Types

Here’s how Forbes breaks it down:

Head and Back Injuries:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Concussion
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Facial injuries

Neck and Chest Injuries:

  • Broken or bruised ribs
  • Whiplash
  • Heart attack

Soft Tissue Injuries:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Bruising

Arm and Leg Injuries:

  • Broken bones
  • Dislocated joints
  • Loss of limbs

Other Car Accident Injuries: 

  • Penetrating injuries
  • Organ damage
  • PTSD

Car Accident Injuries in DC, Maryland and Virginia

We can attest to this list; these injuries are very real, and we’ve represented clients all across DC, Maryland, and Virginia who have experienced injuries like those listed above.  So, what do you do if you or a loved one is injured in a car accident because of someone else’s negligence?  Simply call The Lapidus Law Firm at (202) 785-5111.  We will fight to make it right. 

Written by Larry Lapidus

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