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Common car accident injuries and how to avoid them

Although there is no shortage of injuries an individual can suffer by getting in a car accident, many of these injuries can be prevented with the use of seat belts and other safety features. Drivers in Virginia and other areas of the United States should be aware of the following types of common injuries and take steps to avoid them.

Face and head injuries occur frequently and generally happen when a sudden impact forces an individual into a door or window. Wearing seat belts and making certain that air bags function properly are effective ways to avoid brain damage, dental complications, concussions, lacerations, fractures and other types of face and head injuries.

Back and neck problems are typically associated with car accidents, with injuries ranging from whiplash to spinal disc injury. Sudden rear-end impacts often cause these types of problems, and it is not uncommon for individuals to experience pain and other complications long after their initial injury. By making use of seat belts, air bags and other types of restraints, individuals can lower their chances of suffering from these afflictions.

Leg, knee and foot injuries may not typically be thought to be related to car accidents, but these body parts are often damaged in collisions. By positioning the legs, knees and feet together while in a car, individuals can avoid or reduce injuries to these areas.

Although the aforementioned injuries are avoidable, many people will still find themselves with a wide range of complications resulting from auto accident injuries. Depending on the circumstances of their particular accident, injured individuals may be able to receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other related damages by taking legal action.

Source: CarsDirect, "Most Common Preventable Injuries that Happen in a Car Crash", December 13, 2014

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