What Are the Most Common Car Accident Injuries?

There are 27,000 car accidents with injuries each year in the State of Colorado. Despite the introduction of new driver technologies, the National Safety Council reports that traffic deaths remain steady. In fact, with more than 600 traffic deaths each year, Colorado’s traffic fatalities are among the highest they’ve ever been.

We all know that car accidents cause injuries. But most people don’t think about it until they’re in a crash. Whether your injuries are large or small, they cause physical and emotional anguish. It may take you years or even a lifetime to recover. As you begin your road to recovery, it can be helpful to learn all that you can about the different types of car accident injuries. Here are ten common car accident injuries from our Denver car accident attorneys.

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A car accident can throw and jerk the head and neck in unnatural ways. Even accidents at low speeds can cause the neck muscles to stretch and strain. The common name for injured muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the head and neck area is called whiplash. Whiplash is extremely common in the case of rear-end collisions.

Scrapes and Cuts

Scrapes and cuts occur in many ways in an accident. Many car accidents involve broken glass. Even tiny pieces of glass can cause a great deal of damage. Trauma from impact can also cause scrapes and cuts. Infection, loss of mobility, and blood loss can all be significant concerns when scrapes and cuts occur in a car accident.

Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury

The brain isn’t made to withstand sudden force. A brain injury is any sudden jarring of the brain. Even without a skull injury, an internal brain injury can be a severe injury with potentially lifelong consequences. If there are any signs of brain trauma, it’s essential to follow your medical care plan to treat your injuries fully.

Broken Ribs

Ribs are a common car accident injury because the ribs are fragile. If you suffer a rib injury, it can cause significant pain and difficulty breathing. Sometimes, car accident victims overlook broken ribs as just aches and pains. It’s important to be aware that broken ribs are a possibility in a car accident.

Broken and Dislocated Hips

The sudden trauma of a car accident can break or dislocate the hip. A broken or dislocated hip can mean a long, slow recovery. There are often multiple surgeries involved. If you have a hip injury in a car accident, it’s important to remember the long recovery periods associated with the injury as you calculate your pain and suffering damages.

Bruises/Internal Bleeding

When bleeding happens internally within the body, it’s called bruising. Internal bleeding can be serious. It’s important to seek emergency medical attention when you have any car accident injuries, because you may not be aware of a potentially serious injury like internal bleeding. It’s critical to seek emergency care to determine the full extent of your injuries.

Herniated Discs and Spine Injuries

The stress and force of a car accident can cause the spine to shift suddenly. A herniated disc is a very painful injury. Nerve pain, numbness, and tingling can all be problems associated with spinal injuries in a car accident.

Knee Trauma

There are a lot of different ways that a knee can sustain an injury in a car accident. You may have a torn ALC or MCL. Knee dislocations are another type of common car accident injury. Knee injuries often require surgery. They cause pain and mobility limitations.


A car accident can cause mental injuries just like it can cause physical injuries. When you’re involved in a traumatic event, it’s common to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or flashbacks of the incident. It’s important to treat your mental injuries with the appropriate medical care and attention just as you would treat physical trauma in a car accident.

Anxiety and Depression

Car accident victims often suffer from anxiety and depression. It can be hard to return to driving a car. You may feel depressed over the change in lifestyle that comes with your physical injuries. Mental injuries are very real, serious injuries that can occur in a car accident.

What Are My Rights If I’m Injured in a Car Accident in Colorado?

If you’re injured in a car accident in Colorado, you may have the right to receive financial compensation. Colorado is an at-fault state for car accidents. That means, no matter how minor or severe your accident injuries are, you can bring a claim against the responsible driver for damages. If the accident is someone else’s fault, you may seek financial compensation from them or their insurance company. However, you will have to investigate factors such as the location of accident damage, to determine fault.

At the time of your injury, you may not know who is to blame for the car accident. You may only know that you have injuries, financial losses, and emotional anguish. Making a report to the police after a car accident is the best place to start. Our Colorado car accident attorneys can help you investigate your case, determine the value of your claim, and ensure you meet Colorado’s statute of limitations.

How Can a Colorado Car Accident Attorney Help Me?

If you’re hurt in an accident, a Colorado auto accident law firm

can help you evaluate your likelihood of financial recovery, the value of your case, and what steps are necessary for you to receive compensation. You may also need a lawyers help with special circumstances, like if you have been in a crash in a company car, an Uber or Lyft car crash, or an accident in a leased vehicle.

Armed with information from experienced attorneys, you can make an informed choice about how to proceed with your claim. If you pursue your claim, your attorneys take all of the necessary steps on your behalf to win you the compensation that you deserve.

Why Choose Our Colorado Car Accident Lawyers?

When you work with the attorneys at Bachus & Schanker LLC, you’re working with a team of trained and experienced legal professionals. Our attorneys don’t stop fighting until you have the compensation that you deserve. Justice isn’t just our life’s work; it’s our passion.

We know that a car accident is a stressful, traumatic experience. We want to take the pressure off of you and help you in the best way possible. Don’t assume that you can’t win your case. Our attorneys can create a legal plan and advocate for you until you get the compensation that you deserve. There’s no cost to speak with our team, so you have nothing to lose. We are conveniently located at 5 Colorado locations near you in DenverFort CollinsColorado Springs, Aurora, and Englewood. Our attorneys are ready to serve you and fight for the compensation you deserve. Call us today.

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