There are over 225 million licensed drivers in the United States alone - and that number is always growing. Because of that, it should come as no surprise that car accidents are the number one reason behind injuries in the United States. According to the NHTSA (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), 36,000 car-related fatalities and almost 3 million car-related injuries happened in 2018 alone.
These numbers should prove cars are almost as common as car accidents. Which might lead one to wonder what car-related injuries occur most frequently and what causes them?
What are the most common car accident injuries?
- Whiplash: It’s the most common injury in rear-end crashes. This neck injury is a result of a sudden and violent back-and-forth movement of the head. Common symptoms of whiplash include stiffness, headaches, neck and upper back pain, tinnitus, among other things. Whiplash symptoms usually develop over time, so it’s best to get a medical checkup even if you feel fine right after a car crash.
- Head Injuries: Jolts and blows to the head are common during car accidents - and they are the leading cause of TBI, Traumatic Head Injury. TBI often manifests itself as a concussion which might lead to headaches, dizziness, nausea, sensitivity to light, and temporary loss of consciousness. Unfortunately, TBI has long-term effects.
- Chest Injuries: Car-related chest injuries will range from mild to severe. Mild chest injuries can be bruises and severe chest injuries might include broken ribs. This type of injury happens when the driver’s chest hits the steering wheel after a crash. It can also happen when the driver’s momentum is suddenly stopped by a seat belt.
- Arm and Leg Injuries: During side-impact crashes, both driver and passengers’ limbs might hit the car’s doors with enough force to cause an injury. These injuries range from scrapes to broken bones.
What are the leading causes of car accidents?
- Distracted Driving: Even though we are instructed to always pay attention to the road, most people will get distracted one way or the other. This might happen because of texting, talking on the phone, using the GPS, or eating.
- Drunk Driving: 10,000 lives are lost every year in the United States alone because of car crashes caused by drunk driving, according to the NHTSA.
- Speeding: Speeding is a factor in ¼ of all traffic fatalities that happened in 2018.
- Reckless Driving: Maneuvers without signaling or sudden and unexpected movements can cause tragic car accidents.
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