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Most Common Car Accident Injuries         

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Posted on February 14, 2024

Each year, car accidents in Florida cause thousands of injuries that require emergency medical care and hospitalizations. Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States. If you sustain any type of injury in a car crash in Tampa, contact Vanguard Attorneys to discuss your ability to recover financial compensation.


Bruises are common injuries suffered in car accidents. Bruising can occur when there is an impact between the body and an object. While minor bruises may not be cause for concern, bruising of the abdomen or torso may be a sign of something more serious, such as internal bleeding or organ damage. In addition, bruises to the head or skull require special attention, as they may signify a traumatic brain injury.

Broken Bones

Bone fractures can occur in an automobile accident when the forces exerted upon the victim’s body are too great for the bones to withstand. Bones in various parts of the body may crack, fracture, break, or get crushed into multiple pieces. Common examples include broken ribs, lower extremity fractures, and skull fractures. Broken bones can be painful and debilitating injuries that take weeks or months to recover from.

Scars and Disfigurement

Many car accident survivors are permanently reminded of their trauma due to scarring and disfigurement. Severe lacerations, burn injuries, and road rash are just a few examples of injuries that can inflict permanent scars. Facial disfigurement can be particularly traumatic and life-changing for a car crash survivor.

Neck Injuries and Whiplash

In a car accident, the occupants of a motor vehicle may get pushed forward and backward from the force of the crash. This can cause the head and neck to jerk rapidly, potentially injuring the soft tissues located in the neck. This can result in a common injury known as whiplash, which can cause neck pain, loss of mobility, stiffness, and headaches.

Back and Spine Injuries

The back and spinal cord are sensitive parts of the body that can sustain many different injuries in an automobile accident. This includes spinal fractures, slipped and herniated disks, spinal concussions or contusions, penetrating spinal cord injuries, nerve damage, and a severed spine. Back injuries can cause chronic pain that debilitates a victim and interferes with the ability to work. In severe cases, a spinal cord injury can result in paralysis, or the irreversible loss of feeling and function in the affected area.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

If a car accident victim’s head or skull suffers blunt-force trauma, such as striking the head against the windshield, he or she could suffer a traumatic brain injury. Brain injuries such as concussions, edema (swelling), hemorrhage (bleeding), and diffuse-axonal injuries can cause long-term brain damage and impairments. These catastrophic injuries can affect motor function, cognitive ability, communication, emotions, behavior, and memory. In the most severe cases, brain injuries can result in comas, seizures, or deaths.

Get Legal Assistance With Your Car Accident Injury Claim in Tampa

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with any type of injury after being involved in a car accident, contact the Tampa personal injury lawyers at Vanguard Attorneys to request a free case consultation. The other driver or someone else may be financially responsible for your related medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. We will review your car accident case for free and help you understand your legal options. Call (813) 471-4444 today.