Watch Out for These Common Car Crash Injuries


When you’re in a car accident, it’s easy to tell if your vehicle has suffered damage. However, injuries to your body are sometimes harder to detect. Knowing what to look out for can help ensure you receive the medical care you need.

The car accident victims we meet with often have the same types of common car crash injuries. Here are four you need to watch out for.

1. Whiplash

A car accident usually causes your body to move suddenly and at a fast speed. This is why whiplash is one of the most common car crash injuries. The strain on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your neck can cause significant neck and back pain. Unfortunately, it can take weeks or even months for whiplash to heal.

2. Broken Bones

Your ribs are quite fragile, so it’s common for them to break when you’re in a moderate to severe car accident. Other common car crash injuries include broken bones in your arms, legs, hips, ankles, or shoulders. Certain accidents may also result in a broken pelvis. While major breaks are usually obvious, it’s possible to suffer from hairline fractures and other painful bone injuries that you might not notice right away.

3. Head Injuries

Car crashes are the number one cause of traumatic brain injuries. This occurs when a blow to the head causes brain damage. Left untreated, a traumatic brain injury can lead to chronic headaches, insomnia, and long-term problems with brain function.

4. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

One of the most common car crash injuries isn’t physical. Many drivers and passengers suffer from mental and emotional trauma following a car accident. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can cause anxiety, avoidance behaviors, negative thought patterns, irritability, insomnia, and more.

If you’ve suffered from one of these common car crash injuries, the attorneys at Gallagher & Hagopian can help you get the compensation you deserve! Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to seek medical care after a car accident?

At Gallagher & Hagopian, we always recommend getting checked out by a doctor after an accident. Even a low-speed accident can result in serious injuries like a herniated disc or a concussion. If you’ve had a head trauma or are suffering from a broken bone, serious bleeding, or have difficulty breathing, you should go to the emergency room right away.

What should I do if I start feeling pain a few days after my accident?

The adrenaline rush you feel after a car accident can block pain. In addition, some common car accident injuries don’t show up until a few hours to a few days after they occur. If you start feeling pain at any point after your accident, don’t ignore it! Make an appointment to see your doctor for an exam.

I can’t afford to see a doctor! What should I do?

While medical bills can be expensive, it’s important to get the treatment you need after a car accident. Your PIP insurance coverage should cover the first $10,000 of medical expenses. After that’s exhausted, you can use your health insurance to cover your medical bills while you seek compensation from the responsible party.

My car accident injuries aren’t permanent. Can I still receive compensation? 

Yes! If someone else was responsible for your car accident, you’re likely eligible for compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. This is true even if your injuries aren’t permanent. Scheduling a free consultation with one of our skilled attorneys is the best way to determine whether you have a viable case.