As a Tennessee driver, you may wonder how many of your fellow motorists have been involved in car accidents and what causes them. While some are the result of driver inattention, alcohol consumption, and sudden vehicle malfunction, all types of crashes can lead to a variety of bodily trauma that may take weeks or months to heal.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injuries are one of the most common when car accidents occur, with 20 percent of all TBIs stemming from crashes. While improvements in seatbelts and airbags have prevented some of these injuries, they still occur in both drivers and passengers of all ages. Infants are typically most vulnerable because their skulls do not fully develop until after age two, so you may want to update your child’s car seat or consult your local fire department to ensure the seat is retained properly.
Neck and other spinal injuries can also be common when you are involved in a car accident, even if the crash occurred at a relatively slow speed. You might experience whiplash when the bones and tendons in your neck snap forward and then back at a high rate of speed and cause severe pain in that area. Much like traumatic brain injuries, it may take you some time to heal from this injury.
If your car was rear-ended by another vehicle, you might suffer a back injury because of how your body reacts to the impact. Herniated discs and other spinal problems can be common in these types of crashes.