Statistics show that about 4.4 million people are injured as a result of road accidents in the USA per year. It is worth noting that over 38,000 people are killed on US roads per year. Therefore, the risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident at least once in your life seems to be fairly high, as negative as it sounds.

Ways to avoid being injured in a road accident

Before we look at the most common road accident injuries, let’s first consider ways of avoiding being injured in an accident, according to the Atlanta accident injury attorneys.

Drive defensively

Even though you cannot take responsibility for other drivers, you can preempt their driving mistakes if you drive defensively.

Driversed.com defines defensive driving as “a set of driving skills that allows you to defend yourself against possible collisions caused by bad drivers, drunk drivers, and poor weather.”

Succinctly stated, you must “you look ahead and keep your eyes moving, you will spot potential hazards more easily. Once you have identified a potential hazard and decided what to do, act immediately.”

Wear your seatbelt

It is a proven fact that wearing a seatbelt while traveling in a motor vehicle does save lives. The cdc.gov website notes that, in 2009, 53% of drivers and passengers killed in road accidents were not wearing their seatbelts. They also reduce the risk of serious injury by at least 50% as opposed to not wearing a safety belt.

The most common road accident injuries

Now that we have considered the 2 most important factors in avoiding serious injury as a consequence of a car accident, let’s consider some of the more common injuries caused by a vehicle crash.

Whiplash

Whiplash occurs when your body moves suddenly and faster than you would ever move as the collision occurs. It’s a soft tissue injury where the ligaments, muscles, and tendons are injured during the impact. Whiplash occurs as its name suggests. Your neck whips backwards and forwards very quickly at the time of impact. Neck injuries or whiplash are the most common soft tissue injuries that are caused by a car accident.

Head injuries

Traumatic brain injuries caused by head injuries can have long-term consequences, especially if they are not treated properly as soon as the accident has occurred. They are generally caused by your head either hitting an airbag or the car’s front dashboard. You can also injure the back of your head as it is slammed back into the car’s headrest during the accident.

Broken ribs

Broken ribs are a common road accident injury. The accident does not have to be that severe for your ribs to fracture. This injury occurs when you are pushed forwards, backwards, or sideways during the impact.

Psychological trauma

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a common aftereffect of a road accident. In other words, motor vehicle accidents are extremely traumatic, no matter how light the accident is.

Final thoughts

It is essential to seek medical attention after a road accident, no matter how minor you feel your injuries are. It is equally important to contact a legal expert to help you with the paperwork and insurance claims post-accident. It takes time to heal from an accident, and dealing with the legalities will more than likely add to the stress and trauma caused by the incident.