Unfortunately, vehicle accidents are relatively common. In fact, there are an estimated 6 million car accidents each year in America, with approximately 3 million people being injured from those accidents annually. While not all vehicle accidents are deadly (thank goodness), each one holds the potential for serious injury. Here are the most common types of injuries that happen due to vehicle accidents.


One of the most common injuries that happen due to a car accident is whiplash. This condition happens when the head and neck are pushed forward, which typically happens during a rear-end collision. Symptoms of whiplash can include serious pain, stiffness, headaches, and decreased mobility.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

A vehicle accident can cause traumatic brain injuries, ranging from less severe (concussions) to more severe injuries that cause extensive bleeding in the brain. People who have traumatic brain injuries should seek emergency medical care to decrease signs of shock and increase the chance of recovery.

Chest Injuries

You may not think about a chest injury as an injury from a car accident, but chest injuries are quite common. Passengers being thrown against their seatbelt or drivers being thrown against their steering wheel can cause bruising, lacerations, and potential internal injury. (Remember, even though you may be injured from your seatbelt, it is still a safer alternative to not wearing one!)

Preventing Injuries

You can prevent injuries by preventing car accidents. Good habits like wearing your seatbelt can reduce your chance of death in an car accident by 45%. You can also prevent injury by avoiding distracted driving, slowing down in construction zones, and following posted speed limits.

However, if you do happen to be in a car accident due to the fault of someone else, be sure to work with an attorney to see if you may be compensated for your medical bills, time lost at work, or other factors. The team at O’Brien Law is experienced in advocating for our clients and getting the most favorable outcome. Call us to tell us more about your situation today.