What really happens to your body during a car crash?

On behalf of Mike Clancy

A car accident in Chicago happens in a matter of seconds. Even in an accident that may not lead to fatal injuries, the body can suffer some serious and painful damage. What really happens to your body during a collision with another automobile? After experiencing a car accident herself, one woman discussed the common types of injuries that result from vehicle wrecks much like her own.

In her case, a car came out of nowhere one day, smashing into the passenger side of her vehicle. The crash hit all of her senses. She described being unable to see anything, feeling the seatbelt holding her as her body was shoved forward into the airbag and pushed back again. She could even hear the hissing of the air escaping the bags through a punishing ringing in her ears.

As noted by Dr. Steven Rippentrop, when our body is jerked around, at lot is happening beneath the surface of our skin. For instance, our spine is surrounded by tiny muscles that flex and move when we do in order to protect and stabilize the delicate structure. Normally, our muscles have time to contract and relax in preparation for movement. In a car accident, this happens in seconds and it can strain the muscles.

We recently wrote about traumatic brain injuries, and these are certainly common after a forceful collision. What people often don’t know is that they have one. If someone has blurred vision, neck pain, nausea, issues with memory or even a short period of a loss of consciousness, they could have a serious concussion.

Broken bones are another common injury suffered in a collision. There are the obvious breaks and then there are the hairline fractures or other internal breaks. When our rib cage is broken by the steering wheel or even the force of an airbag, it can cause serious internal injuries.

A car accident doesn’t have to leave victims hanging on by a thread while emergency personnel rush them by air to the nearest hospital to become the basis of a personal injury lawsuit. Broken bones, internal injuries, spinal injuries and much more may not threaten the victim’s life, but they still put them out of work and result in massive medical bills.

Source: The Atlanta, “Walking away from a car crash,” Christine Van Dusen, Oct. 9, 2013

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What really happens to your body during a car crash?