Statistics show that car accidents cause around two million injuries in the United States annually. A driver in Anchorage, Alaska, may experience several types of injuries ranging from mild to serious. Below are some of the most common injuries:
Traumatic brain injury
A traumatic brain injury occurs when the head forcefully strikes a hard surface, causing the brain to push against the skull. There are two types of TBI: a closed TBI that does not penetrate the skull and open TBI that penetrates the skull.
A common type of mild TBI is a concussion, which often causes vomiting or nausea, headache, dizziness and balance issues. A mild TBI can occur with or without a loss of consciousness, and severe TBIs often cause several hours of loss of awareness.
Whiplash is a common injury after motor vehicle accidents, causing the neck muscles to jerk back and forth. The hard jerking of the neck forces the neck muscles out of alignment, causing stiffness and soreness.
Some other common whiplash symptoms include a decreased range of motion, headaches, fatigue and lower back pain. However, the driver may think they aren’t injured; the symptoms often lay dormant because of adrenaline just after the crash.
A common back injury from auto accidents is a herniated disc, which damages the gel-like structures between vertebrae. Some other symptoms of a herniated disk include muscle weakness, numbness, tingling, and leg or arm pain.
The impact of a vehicle accident often causes sprains or strains, which overextend muscles, tendons and ligaments. The facet joints, or the joints that enable bending and twisting, can get injured and cause a dull ache in the lower back.
A motor vehicle accident can cause lifelong injury or missed days of work to recover along with thousands of dollars in bills. Injured drivers may seek compensation from at-fault drivers, but they should first seek medical attention.