The Most Common Car Accident Injuries

From fender-benders to head-on collisions, there are many different types of car accidents, all ranging in severity—which means they are also many different types of car accident injuries! While all car accidents are different, here are a few of the most common car accident injuries.

Scrapes and Cuts

Especially during a minor car accident, like a collision in a parking lot, cuts and scrapes are a common injury. During the accidents, passengers in the vehicle might be injured by broken glass or broken car parts, or could be hit by unsecured items in their car, like a set of keys, a cell phone, or a coffee mug. Cuts and scrapes are often minor, but deep lacerations might require hospitalization or stitches, and can lead to lasting scars.

Head Injuries

Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, are a major cause of hospitalizations and serious injuries following a car accident. Head injuries can range from concussions to penetrating head injuries, like when someone is stuck in the skull by a piece of flying debris. Head injuries often require immediate medical attention.

Soft Tissue Injuries

A soft tissue injury occurs when the body’s connective tissues, like muscles, ligaments, and tendons, are damaged. One common type of soft tissue injury is whiplash, an injury that occurs when muscles in the neck and back are suddenly stretched during an impact. While whiplash is not generally fatal, it can lead to long-lasting pain or other back and neck complications.

Chest Injuries

Chest injuries can occur when someone is thrown against an object, like the steering wheel, during a collision, or when they are stuck with an object. Some chest injuries are minor, but severe injuries broken ribs and internal organ damage can also occur during a car accident.

Arm and Leg Injuries

Just like the head and the chest, a person’s arms and legs might also suffer injuries during a car accident. Broken bones are a common type of leg or arm injury during a car accident, and sprain or strains might also occur if tendons or ligaments are torn.

After a Car Accident

If you suffer an injury during a car accident, it is important to seek medical treatment. Even if an injury seems minor, you should still consult your doctor. Many injuries, including whiplash, may not manifest until days or even weeks after an accident, and a doctor can help you identity an injury before it becomes worse.

You should also consider speaking with an experience car accident attorney after experiencing one of these common car accident injuries. Car accident injuries can lead to expensive medical bills, missed time off work, lost wages, and pain and suffering for you and your loved ones. You deserve compensation and justice, and an attorney will help you find the best path to take.


The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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