Common Injuries from Car Accidents and How to Address Them?

Unfortunately, car accidents are a common occurrence on our roads. They often lead to various injuries, some of which can have long-lasting effects. Understanding the most common injuries and how to address them is crucial for anyone involved in such an incident.



1. Broken Bones

The force of a car accident can easily break bones. Commonly affected areas include arms, legs, ribs, and hips.

Addressing Broken Bones: Broken bones need immediate medical attention. Treatment might involve setting the bone, wearing casts or splints, and possibly surgery. Physical therapy is often a part of the recovery process as well.


2. Whiplash

Whiplash occurs when your body is suddenly jerked forward and backward, commonly in rear-end collisions. This can cause damage to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments all along the spine.

Addressing Whiplash: Immediate medical attention is crucial. Treatment can include things like pain relief medications, physical therapy, massage therapy, and chiropractic care. 


3. Concussions

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that results from a blow to the head, frequently when your skull collides with an airbag or a headrest.

Addressing Concussions: Concussions require prompt medical evaluation. Rest is vital to allow the brain to heal. It is common for people suffering from concussions to experience symptoms such as mental fogginess, memory loss, dizziness, and headaches. Concussion treatment can include things like speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and neuro-ophthalmology.


4. Internal Injuries

Internal injuries, such as damage to organs or internal bleeding, can be life-threatening and are not always immediately apparent.

Addressing Internal Injuries: Hospitalization and immediate medical intervention are necessary. These injuries often require surgery and a lengthy recovery period.


5. Cuts and Abrasions

Glass or metal shards can cause cuts and abrasions in a car accident. These can lead to infections if not properly treated.

Addressing Cuts and Abrasions: Cleaning and dressing wounds is the first step. Seeking medical attention is important to avoid complications, ensure proper healing, and minimize scarring. 


Legal Considerations

You may be entitled to compensation if you’ve sustained injuries in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence. This can cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Here’s how Vames, Wang & Sosa Injury Lawyers can help:

  • Case Evaluation: We assess your case’s details, including the crash’s circumstances and the extent of your injuries.
  • Gathering Evidence: We gather the necessary evidence, including medical records and lost income documentation, to build a strong case.
  • Legal Representation: We guide you through the entire legal process, from the aftermath of the crash through trial. 


Car accidents can lead to various injuries, each requiring specific medical attention. Addressing these injuries promptly and effectively is crucial for your health and recovery. Simultaneously, understanding your legal rights and seeking professional legal assistance can ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.

Emery Wang

Emery Wang

Emery Wang has been a lawyer in Oregon since 2009. While attending Lewis & Clark law school, Emery worked as a Multnomah County District Attorney, and since then has been a full time personal injury lawyer.

Vames, Wang & Sosa Injury Lawyers focus on vehicle crashes, personal injury, and first-party car accident insurance claims. They have offices located in Gresham and Hillsboro.

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