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Crash injuries: Impact and your body

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Car crashes can involve anyone from newborns to the elderly. In the majority of crashes, people walk away with minor or moderate injuries thanks to the safety devices used in vehicles today. Sadly, not all collisions end with only temporary injuries.

When you're involved in a collision, a few things happen. First, the force of the impact throws you forward or to the side, depending on the angle of the impact. This can cause whiplash, which strains the neck.

Next, you might hit your head on the window or air bag, if you're in the front seats. If you're not wearing a seat belt, it's more likely that you'll hit the window or windshield, potentially being ejected from the vehicle.

After this, you have to consider the potential debris. Shattered glass, pencils and pens, drinks or food, phones and other items may be in your vehicle and cause additional lacerations or injuries as a result of coming into contact with you at high speeds.

The injuries you suffer from the crash will depend on a variety of factors, such as the angle of the impact, the speed of the impact, what kinds of debris are in the vehicle and whether your vehicle rolls or is crushed.

Remember, not all injuries are apparent immediately

In crashes, it's common to see people suffer from injuries that don't appear right away. That's why it's essential to go to the nearest hospital as soon as you can. Early treatment will help prevent infections and help you be diagnosed and put on the correct treatment plan.

Our site has more on what to do if you're involved in a crash. Early action can help make your case easier.

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