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What kinds of injuries are most common after car crashes?

Car accident injuries can vary significantly depending on the speed, angle and other factors of the crash. With over 5.6 million car accidents reported in 2012, it's perhaps not surprising that you or a loved one have been in an accident.

Injuries vary from crash to crash, but there are a few common injuries that you may have suffered from. The first kind includes neck and chest injuries. Common injuries include bruising from the seat belt, whiplash from your body being held back as your head whips forward and vocal cord paralysis due to swelling in the neck. Generalized neck pain is normal following a crash, particularly if it was a head-on or rear-end collision, which forces the head to whip forward or back.

Other common injuries include head and back injuries. Head injuries are usually among the most severe, and they can result from hitting your head on a window, dashboard or steering wheel. High-speed crashes in which you hit your head can result in traumatic brain injuries like concussions or comas. Skull fractures, torsion of the ligaments that hold the brain and other injuries may also take place.

Other injuries you may suffer include broken bones, cuts or lacerations or burns. As the body impacts things like the door, dashboard, steering column or other parts of the vehicle, the impact itself can break bones or cut the skin. If projectiles are in the vehicle, they could cause injuries as well.

After a crash, it's up to the person responsible to cover the cost of your injuries and lost wages. You can file a claim to make sure you get what you're owed.

Source: FindLaw, "Types of Car Accident Injuries," accessed Aug. 25, 2016

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