Most Common Types of Injuries from Car Accidents

Most Common Types of Injuries from Car Accidents

Car accidents injure more than 2 million Americans each year, and while injuries are wide ranging, certain car crash injuries are more common than others. It’s crucial to know that you may be unaware of your injuries immediately following a car crash, which makes getting a prompt evaluation vital.

The team at Tulsa Accident Care Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, offers the comprehensive care you can count on following an auto accident. From performing necessary exams, to providing an accurate diagnosis and treatment, our team is here for car accident victims every step of the way. 

In this blog, our providers go over the injuries that are most likely to occur from a car accident. 


Car accidents commonly cause head trauma, and you don’t have to hit your head hard to sustain a concussion. You can develop a concussion because your head gets violently jolted back and forth. 

The impact can cause the brain to jostle around in the skull, resulting in a concussion. While concussions are classified as minor traumatic brain injuries, concussions can be serious.

Some concussion symptoms, such as a headache, dizziness, or even momentary loss of consciousness, can begin immediately after impact. However, concussion symptoms can sometimes be delayed, because the body can take time to respond to trauma.

Other concussion symptoms can include, throbbing pain, confusion, difficulty focusing, changes in sleep, and feeling off. It’s crucial to seek medical attention as soon as these symptoms arise. Our team can determine the severity of the damage and establish an effective treatment plan.

Neck injuries

Whiplash is so commonly linked with car accidents that it has spawned a slew of puns and jokes. However, whiplash is no laughing matter. It happens when your body is violently jerked back and forth, forcing your neck to rapidly move forward and backward. 

This causes overextension of the neck muscles and can also impact the joints and ligaments in your neck and back, which can add to the pain and discomfort associated with a whiplash.

You may have sustained a whiplash injury if you have neck pain, stiffness that increases when moving your neck, a decrease in the range of motion of your neck, or other neck-related symptoms.

Back injuries

In addition to whiplash, car accidents commonly cause injuries to other parts of the spine. When you consider that the average vehicle weighs close to 3,000 pounds, it’s easy to see how an injury to your spine can occur. 

During a car accident, the body absorbs the shock and energy from the force of the crash. The impact can injure structures anywhere along the spine, which can cause a variety of injuries, such as herniated discs, strains, dislocations, and spinal fractures. 

If you get back pain following a car accident, get a prompt evaluation.

Don’t wait to get help for your car accident injury. Early diagnosis and treatment can lead to faster recovery and better outcomes. Rely on the experienced team at Tulsa Accident Care Center to quickly evaluate your injury, provide an accurate diagnosis, and create a treatment plan to get you on the road to recovery. 

If you’ve been in an automobile accident and want an evaluation or treatment, call 918-888-8080 or book an appointment online with Tulsa Accident Care Center today.

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