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Are head and back injuries common in car accidents?

It doesn't matter what type of car you are driving. It doesn't matter if you are operating the motor vehicle or a passenger. If you are involved in an accident, regardless of the circumstances, nothing changes the fact that a head and/or neck injury could occur.

Head injuries are not only common in motor vehicle accidents, but they are also among the most serious. For example, if you are involved in a high speed collision, you could strike your head against the steering wheel, dashboard, windshield, or side window.

The result could range anywhere from lacerations to a concussion to a traumatic brain injury.

Back injuries are just as common as head injuries. Damage to the spinal cord is a common concern in a car accident. This can cause permanent damage, such as loss of control over one or more part of the body.

Even if paralysis is avoided, other back injuries, such as a herniated disk, are possible. This is less severe, but it can still cause plenty of pain and long term problems, such as leg and arm pain accompanied by muscle weakness.

There is no denying the fact that head and back injuries are common in car accidents.

Every time you get behind the wheel, you should do two things:

-- Put your seatbelt on.

-- Be aware of what is going on around you at all times.

Remember, you don't have to cause the accident in order for you to suffer a head or back injury. Somebody else could make a mistake that causes you life-changing pain.

Source: FindLaw, "Types of Car Accident Injuries," accessed Oct. 15, 2015

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