Common Car Accident Injuries

Common Car Accident Injuries

From fractures to traumatic brain injuries, whiplash, and spinal cord injuries, car accidents can cause significant damage to drivers and their passengers. If you aren’t evaluated on-scene, visit the emergency room or make an appointment with your doctor. Prompt medical treatment will give you the best chance at recovery. Understanding common car accident injuries can be helpful if you intend to pursue legal action following a crash caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party.  

At Ellis Law, we know how difficult it can be when medical expenses and other bills pile up and you’re unable to work to support your family because of your injuries. We leverage our resources, experience, and knowledge to fight for the compensation you need to rebuild your life. Let a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer help you pursue justice. Schedule a free consultation today.  

Cuts and Lacerations 

Arguably, the most common injuries in a car accident are cuts and lacerations. While these wounds can be minor, there are also times when they are serious if they result in extensive blood loss. In this case, they have the potential to be fatal if left untreated. In addition, lacerations can lead to prolonged hospital stays and complications caused by severe infections 

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) 

Traumatic brain injuries are possible from the impact of a collision, even if the head is not directly struck. There are different types of traumatic brain injuries. The most common—the concussion—occurs when the head and brain move rapidly back and forth. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that “this sudden movement can cause the brain to twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes damaging brain cells.” 

These injuries are complex, as the symptoms can take days, weeks, or longer to surface. They can include chronic pain, sleep disruption, and even personality changes. Brain injuries can often have permanent consequences.  

Soft Tissue Injuries 

Soft tissue damage involves any injury to the tendons, ligaments, and muscles throughout the body. Sprains and strains in wrists and ankles are common. While painful, these injuries frequently heal on their own. When muscles or tendons tear, surgery could be required.  

Arguably, the most common type of soft tissue injury in a motor vehicle crash is whiplash. This neck injury earns its name from the whiplike motion made by the head as it snaps forward from an impact before whipping back in the other direction. Whiplash is known to cause pain throughout the neck, shoulders, and back.  


While fires are most common in serious accidents, they can occur following relatively minor collisions. Severe burns can be life-threatening. Victims who survive burn injuries could face permanent scarring and disfigurement. They can also require skin grafts with an increased risk of infection. Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers could help you seek compensation for these injuries. 

Broken Bones 

Due to the tremendous force generated by colliding vehicles, broken bones are common. These fractures can occur throughout the body, although they are prevalent in the arms and wrists. The most dangerous fractures involve the skull or spine, which can result in paralysis or even death.  

Spinal Cord Injuries  

Injuries to the head, neck, or back could result in losing motor control or sensation in parts of the body. This is typically the result of damage to the spinal cord, which is often irreversible. In a car accident, these injuries are most likely to occur following a severe impact to the head or neck.  

Schedule a Free Consultation with Ellis Law  

If you have been hurt in a car accident, you have the right to seek financial compensation. If your claim is successful, you could be entitled to recover damages based on your physical, emotional, and financial losses. Your case is important, and you deserve legal counsel that prioritizes your needs. Our team of California injury lawyers can provide the support, counsel, and guidance to maximize your recovery.  

Contact Ellis Law as soon as possible for a free consultation. Since we work on a contingency basis, there are no upfront legal fees.