A Primer on Automobile Accident Injuries

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

What are some of the common injuries in automobile accidents?

Whether high speed crashes or low-impact collisions, automobile accidents often result in serious injuries. At times, certain injuries may not be immediately apparent either because shock or the body’s natural defenses initially mask the injury. After the body has a chance to relax, however, a variety of symptoms such as back and neck pain, dizziness, headache, muscle soreness can surface. On the other hand, vehicle collisions can lead to obvious injuries ranging from minor cuts and scrapes to broken bones or even traumatic, life-threatening harm. Let’s take a look at some of the common injuries in automobile accidents.


Whiplash, one of the most common car accident injuries, is a neck strain resulting from a sudden impact that causes a person’s head to jerk forward or backward. Even a low impact collision can lead to injuries in the muscles and tendons in the neck. In some cases, the pain can be immediate, but it can also take several hours or even days for the injury to become apparent.

Some whiplash injuries may be minor strains, while other more severe injuries can occur such as nerve or disc damage, ruptured ligaments or fractured vertebrae. Depending on the severity of the injury, recovering from whiplash can take a few weeks or as long as three months. Left untreated, whiplash can cause long lasting chronic pain and an increased risk of future neck or back injuries.

Head Injuries

While many vehicles are equipped with air bags, high speed collisions can still cause head injuries to drivers and passengers. In some cases, a mild traumatic brain injury, or a high-level concussion can occur resulting in symptoms such as headache, dizziness or confusion. Accident victims can also suffer more severe injuries such as skull fractures, hearing loss and vision problems, or traumatic brain injuries that result in long lasting harm.

Back Injuries

Car accident victims also commonly suffer back injuries, such as muscle spasms, herniated discs  or fractured vertebrae. Some victims can experience pain and tingling or reduced sensation in the arms, hands, legs and feet. Others may suffer more significant spinal cord injuries and nerve damage, and severe spinal damage can lead to paralysis.

Chest Injuries

Injuries to the chest area are also common in car accidents. In some cases, blunt force trauma can cause broken ribs, internal bleeding or collapsed lungs. In addition, injuries to internal organs, the pelvis and abdomen can arise. It is also possible for individuals with heart problems to suffer sudden cardiac arrest.

The Takeaway

These are some of the injuries associated with car accidents. It is also common for drivers, passengers and pedestrians to suffer injuries to the arms, hand and legs. Regardless of the severity, if you were injured in a car accident in Northern or Southern California, you should immediately seek medical attention. It is also crucial to call the personal injury attorneys at J&Y law firm who can help you obtain meaningful compensation.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.