Female Paramedic Helping Female Driver With Whiplash Neck Injury Involved In Road Traffic Accident

How Your Body Reacts in a Car Accident

If you are the victim of a car accident, it’s important that you seek legal counsel right away. By securing a California personal injury attorney, you can be sure to cover all of the essential bases in getting the compensation you deserve for the losses you suffered.

This is especially true if you suffered an injury or injuries due to someone else’s negligence on the road. As you make plans to get through your injury, it’s important to understand what exactly happens to your body when you’re in a car accident.

This guide will show you what occurs so that you can better cope with what you’re going through.


If a vehicle is involved in a collision, your neck may be thrown back due to the collision and then bounce forward. That is whiplash, and it goes to the muscles and tendons of the neck. Whiplash may result in minor or even severe injuries to your back, neck, and spine. 

Head Injury

After a collision, even if the vehicle has stopped or slowed down due to the collision, the body will continue to move at the previous speed. This speed will only be stopped when the body comes into contact with another object, such as a seat belt, airbag, door, dashboard, windshield, or other objects in the car. 

Limb Injury

During a collision, arms and legs are usually less protected than other parts of the body, which means they may come into contact with various parts of the car. This can cause cuts, bruises, and fractures. 

Spinal Trauma

Your collarbone is quite fragile. It is one of the first parts of your upper body to be injured in a collision because the seat belt is located in front of the collarbone. At this time, the left or right clavicle may break, depending on which side of the car you are sitting on. 

If it is a high-speed car accident, the ribs will also break due to the impact. Because the ribs protect the lungs, the chance of the lungs collapsing increases dramatically. In addition, the heart advances forward with the rest of the torso, which can hit the chest cavity and ribs and bruise the heart. 

This can cause massive blood loss and even immediate death. The intervertebral discs between the spine may also suffer trauma and disc herniation due to the effects of whiplash and car accidents. 

Emotional Damage

In addition to the bodily injuries that your body may suffer in a car accident, your brain also responds. It will release adrenaline and endorphins to help increase your alertness and enhance your mood. This makes it easier for your mind and body to cope with collisions. 

Some accident victims may look calm after the accident because these hormones are released to stop pain and stress. However, the emotional trauma of a car wreck may also be substantial immediately or over time, especially if the victim has suffered great loss, pain, injury, or even the death of someone. If you are in need of legal help, contact our office today for a free consultation.