The five most common fractures in car accidents

Car accidents can cause serious injuries, including fractures of various bones. Certain bones are often affected more than others due to the nature of the impact these accidents have.

1. Collarbone: The collarbone is commonly injured due to the force exerted when the body collides with the car dashboard or steering wheel. Its location and relatively thin structure make it prone to fractures, causing pain and limiting arm movement.

2. Femur: High-impact crashes can cause this bone to fracture, causing pain that is not only unbearable but also requires long recovery periods.

3. Tibia and fibula: The lower extremities often suffer trauma in car accidents, and the tibia and fibula are susceptible to breaking. The impact can cause direct or crush injuries to the lower extremities, causing fractures that may require surgery.

4. Radius and Ulna: When people try to protect themselves during an accident, their arms can sustain the impact, causing fractures to the radius and ulna.

5. Ribs: Rib fractures are common in these types of accidents due to the sudden impact on the steering wheel, airbags, or seat belt. Rib fractures can cause severe pain and potentially damage internal organs if the broken edges puncture them.

Fractures that typically occur in a car accident can range from small cracks to serious breaks that require the injured person to undergo surgery. Recovery periods vary, and some fractures require extensive rehabilitation to regain mobility and function.

Seeking immediate medical attention after an accident is essential, as timely diagnosis and treatment can significantly affect the recovery process and the long-term impact the fracture may have. Remember that at Linton Robinson & Higgins, we are here to accompany you during your legal process so that you can focus on your recovery. We take care of recovering the compensation you deserve.