What Are the Most Common Car Accident Injuries?

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A car accident can leave you with devastating injuries and an uncertain future. Medical bills, lost wages, and physical and emotional suffering can negatively affect your and your family’s lives. Common car accident injuries like whiplash, broken bones, burns, and traumatic brain injuries can cause lifelong pain that requires expensive rehabilitation and medical treatments. But you don’t have to go through this difficult time alone. Trust us to fight for you, no matter what type of car accident injury you have suffered.

Our team of experienced and compassionate car accident injury attorneys at Ashcraft & Gerel have been standing up for those injured in car accidents for over seven decades. We’ve helped people who have suffered all types of injuries in a car accident, and we are ready to help you get your life back. Contact us today for a free case review!


Whiplash & Neck Injuries

Whiplash occurs when the neck violently whips back and forth. Motorists and passengers often experience this during rear-end car accidents. Whiplash can leave victims with pain, stiffness, headaches, dizziness, and even cognitive difficulties. Speeds as low as 15 MPH can cause whiplash, with or without a seatbelt. Severe disk injury and cervical dislocation can also result from car accidents.

Spinal Cord Injuries

The impact of a crash on the body can cause long-term disability from spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries involve damage to any part of your spinal cord or the nerves at the end of your spinal canal. This type of injury often causes permanent changes in strength, sensation, and other bodily functions below the injury site. It can also limit your ability to move or control your limbs.

Back Injuries

Back injuries are a common result of car accidents, and the pain and disability from a serious back injury can be serious and long-lasting. Back injuries may be delayed in showing up after an accident. Back injuries can be difficult to treat and may require long-term care and rehabilitation for pain management.

Cuts, Scrapes, & Bruises

During a car accident, cuts, scrapes, and bruises can occur when loose objects or broken glass fly around the interior of a vehicle and hit the body. In severe cases, deep cuts may require stitches. Airbags and seatbelts frequently cause substantial bruising as well. Car accident victims may also suffer from road rash, which is an abrasion caused by friction from being dragged or skidding on pavement or concrete.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Many car accident victims suffer strains, sprains, and tears to soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Although these injuries may seem minor, they can result in painful, long-term symptoms and may require rehabilitation and lifelong treatment.


If a vehicle catches fire after a crash, or if skin comes into contact with hot fluids, surfaces, steam or chemicals, the car’s occupants can suffer burns. Very severe burns may require surgery and skin grafting. These injuries can be extremely painful and, in some cases, disfiguring, requiring multiple reconstructive treatments.


A concussion is a common car accident injury and occurs when your head is violently shaken, causing your brain to collide with the inside of your skull. Concussions can cause dizziness, blurred vision, nausea and loss of consciousness. Anyone who may have suffered a concussion should be evaluated by a medical professional, even if they seem fine immediately after an accident.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) result from a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. They can range from mild to severe, and some lead to life-long complications. Motor vehicle crashes are the second-leading cause of all traumatic brain injuries, and they often require emergency medical care.

Broken Bones

Broken legs, ribs, arms, ankles, and wrists are common injuries suffered in car accidents. Bones can quickly become dislocated, fractured, or shattered in an accident when occupants slam forward into seatbelts, airbags, or dashboards, get ejected from vehicles, or get crushed by the weight of other vehicles. Broken bones can potentially cause lifelong mobility and quality of life issues.

Internal Injuries

When a crash forces the body into an object, or the body is hit by flying debris, damage to internal organs and internal bleeding may occur. Puncture wounds suffered during accidents can also cause devastating injuries to organs, which require immediate emergency medical attention.

Get the Compensation You Deserve For Your Car Accident Injuries

If you or a loved one have suffered one of the many common car accident injuries due to another driver’s negligence, you deserve to be represented by an experienced car accident attorney. The car accident lawyers at Ashcraft & Gerel have been standing up for the rights of the injured for over 60 years, and we know how to get results.

Let us be your partner through this difficult time, so that you can focus on what really matters: healing. Call us today at 844-680-0339 or schedule your free case review online, and trust us to fight for the compensation you deserve.