Motor Vehicle Accidents

What should I do if I am injured in a car accident?

What are the most common injuries from car accidents?

  • Whiplash
  • Scrapes and Cuts
  • Head Injuries
  • Broken Ribs
  • Other Broken Bones
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Herniated Disc
  • Knee Trauma


What injuries can happen from a car accident?
The sudden movement of the head and neck from a rear-end collision can cause serious neck muscle and ligament damage. Whiplash injuries can differ from person to person, depending on the accident and the health of the person involved in it. Generalized neck pain and swelling are also fairly common.

Should I see a doctor after a car accident?
Following a car accident, you should see a doctor if you feel any level of pain and discomfort. If you end up making any sort of injury claim after the accident, it’s crucial to be able to document the fact that you seek medical treatment and have the treatment on record. Never drive away from the scene of an accident, even a minor one without getting some record of the event and collecting information about all parties involved in the accident. Where possible having contact information of a witness could be helpful too.

What is the cost per year of automobile accidents in the U.S.?
The total cost of car accidents in the US is about $500 billion annually.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that car accidents cost the U.S. is almost 900 billion per year in economic costs and societal harms.

What is considered a serious car accident injury?
Serious injury is defined as “a personal injury which results in death; dismemberment; significant disfigurement; a fracture; loss of a fetus; permanent loss of use of a body organ, member, function or system; permanent consequential limitation of use of a body organ or member; significant limitation of use of a body.”