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What are the most common auto accident injuries?

It goes without saying that car crashes cause large numbers of injuries in Florida each year. In fact, West Coast Wellness reports that two Florida freeways, I-95 and I-4, which connects Tampa with Daytona Beach, are among the most dangerous roads in the United States.

Florida traffic accident statistics include the following:

  • More than 1,100 accidents per day
  • Approximately 403,626 accidents annually
  • Upwards of 256,000 accident injuries annually, 19,000 of which fall into the severe category

Most common injuries

If you become involved in an auto accident, you likely will sustain one or more of the following types of injury:

  • Whiplash that can cause severe pain in your neck, arms and back, especially when you move, and substantially reduce your range of motion
  • Bone fractures, particularly in your hands, arms, legs or feet
  • Concussion that can cause headaches, dizziness, tinnitus (ringing in your ears), vision problems and temporary loss of consciousness
  • Musculoskeletal injury such as a strain, sprain or other injury where your muscles, tendons, ligaments or nerves become stretched, bent, compressed or torn

While none of these types of injuries are life-threatening, they nevertheless can require you to spend substantial time in the hospital, after which the lingering pain may require you to undergo a rehabilitation regimen and ongoing physical therapy. They may also require you to miss a significant amount of work.

Financial consequences

Unfortunately, your medical costs after an auto crash injury can quickly skyrocket at exactly the same time as your income decreases because of your inability to work. Your wisest course of action may be to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can advise you of your options, which may include suing the driver whose negligence caused the accident.