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5 Injuries Commonly Sustained in Car Accidents

5 Injuries Commonly Sustained in Car Accidents

Car accidents occur thousands of times each day in the US, and they can cause severe injuries to any part of the human body. While sometimes it is easy to know what is wrong, it might take more research to pinpoint the source of the problem in other instances. It's essential to know what to look out for when it comes to identifying and addressing injuries following a motor vehicle accident.

The experts at Law Offices of Fred Tromberg are here to share additional information on the most common injuries caused by car accidents and how to identify them.

Spinal Cord and Back

Spine, back, and lower extremity injuries are very common in motor vehicle accident cases.  In extreme cases, when there is significant trauma, we have seen spinal cord injuries leading to paralysis and/or loss of sensation in the four limbs and sometimes excruciating upper and lower back pain.  This can include fractured vertebrae, sprains, strains, and permanent injuries in the extremities, from the spine to the fingertips or toes, depending on the level of the injury.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Car accidents most commonly cause traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs). TBIs are typically brought on by a blow or jolt to the head or body, causing the brain to move around within the skull.

Although TBIs can be relatively harmless, in some instances, they can cause extensive cellular damage. 50,000 people die yearly from TBIs, and nearly 100,000 people obtain long-term disabilities.

Broken Bones

A fracture or broken bone is usually easier to identify right away, although that does not make it less severe. In some instances, broken bones resulting from a car crash can require surgery, physical therapy and can even cause permanent damage to surrounding tissue.

The most common body parts that are broken as a result of a crash include:

  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Ribs
  • Ankles
  • Wrists


Sometimes after a wreck, the vehicle can catch fire. If you are trapped inside, this can cause nasty burns, which might require surgery or skin grafts to address. Burns can also be caused:

  • Steam
  • Chemicals
  • Friction
  • Irritation from hot fluids

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Not all injuries are physical—car accidents can have a negative impact on your mental health too. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common mental health issue to experience following a crash, which might cause you to be anxious or worried whenever you have to get into a car again. Compensation can be recovered from mental health disorders sustained from a wreck just as much as physical ones.

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Law Offices of Fred Tromberg has your best interest at heart. We work tirelessly to ensure everything is being done to get you the compensation you may be entitled to. You should never have to suffer because of another driver's negligence. We are here to help.

If you have sustained injuries caused by a negligent driver, call our office today at (904) 297-2063. We are more than ready to help you get the assistance you need.