Top Five Most Common Car Accidents

Despite the plethora of traffic rules and safety measures implemented, car accidents are still quite rampant in the country. According to a report on the World Health Organization website, over three million people are injured in auto-accidents yearly, while 30,000 others succumb to their injuries. 

As experienced car accident attorneys, we’ve handled our fair share of auto accident injury cases, and based on our data, here are the five most common types of car accident injuries in California:

 Head Injuries

Head injuries after a car accident in California can take many forms. These include: 

  1. Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

Traumatic brain injuries occur after an extreme blow, or piercing injury to the cranium. Traumatic brain injuries are often categorized as either mild, moderate, or severe. 

Mild TBI can cause loss of consciousness for about half an hour, nausea, fatigue, blurred vision, and memory problems. Moderate TBI results in severe symptoms such as convulsions, loss of consciousness for several hours, agitated or unusual behavior, loss of coordination, and even memory loss. 

Severe TBI on the other hand is the most serious of all traumatic brain injuries. It may result in a coma, intolerance to light and even death. Unfortunately, symptoms of moderate and severe TBI can cause permanent neurological damage. 

  1. Concussion 

This type of injury occurs after a mild blow to the head in an accident, and may result in temporary cognitive symptoms such as lack of coordination, confusion, dizziness, excessive fatigue, and memory loss. 

  1. Contusion

This is a bruise on the brain caused by an extreme blow to the head. It may cause internal bleeding or swelling of the brain, and often requires immediate surgery. 

  1. Skull Fracture

A skull fracture occurs when one of the skull bones occur. Types of skull fractures include, linear, basilar, depressed, and diastatic. Basilar and depressed fractures are the most severe of all skull fractures. 


Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs due to the sudden, rapid back and forth movement of the neck during an accident. This movement forcefully causes your muscles, tendons or ligaments to stretch, and although not as severe as other injuries on our list, whiplash can be quite painful. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Difficulty moving your head and neck
  • Pain, muscle spasms and tenderness in the shoulder area and the arms

Although quite common, it might take a few hours or even days for whiplash symptoms to show.

Chest Injuries

Chest injuries from a car accident vary in severity. In some instance, they might take the form of simple cuts and scrapes, but can also be quite severe, with the worst case scenario being broken ribs, and internal injuries to vital organs around the chest such as lungs. Chest injuries are more common among drivers compared to other passengers due to their position behind the wheel. 

Spinal Injuries

Spinal injuries are also a common after an auto accident. They range from spinal fractures, spinal disc herniation, to paralysis. Unfortunately, spinal injuries that result in paralysis are often permanent. 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Car accident injuries aren’t just physical as they can also be mental and emotional, in the form of conditions like PTSD. Symptoms of PTSD after a car accident include being scared of car rides and driving, or problems sleeping due to nightmares. 

Contact RS Law Office Car Accident Lawyers Today

A car accident isn’t just devastating, it can set you back thousands of dollars due to medical bills, or loss of a source of income. If you or your loved one has been involved in an auto accident that resulted in any of the above, or any other injuries, get in touch with our office today, for professional legal counsel. 

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