Common Injuries Caused by a Car Accident

Car accidents are a major cause of injury to modern American.  Does this surprise anyone?  In fact, did you know there are approximately 5,500,000 vehicular accidents during a typical year in America.  36,000 of them result in deaths and 1,600,000 in reported injuries.

As a point of clarity, the only other thing that ranks ahead of vehicular accidents injuring people is household accidents, and this includes both inside and outside the home while on property. Many insurance claims are placed every year for accidents occurring at homes.

The nice thing is that a personal injury attorney can help you with either or both situations.

When it comes to auto accidents, and because of the speeds, masses of moving objects, and number of fixed and stationary structures involved, injuries occur often and can be quite serious.

Here’s a list of common injuries suffered by people in vehicular accidents:

Bruises, abrasions, and cuts

When people get banged around the inside of vehicles, they are going to become bruised. These can range from small and insignificant to pesky to critical. In violent crashes people will bruise entire sides of their bodies. Depending upon the nature of their overall physical health this can present quite a risk. Consider, for example, a 90-year-old on blood thinners.

Abrasions and cuts are common during accidents. Abrasions commonly occur when skin comes into contact with fixed objects like armrests, dashboards, and inside panels where it suffers extreme friction. It’s like a burn that can be quite painful and result in extensive damage.

Modern vehicles feature safety glass that sandwiches thin layers of plastic between areas of glass. It is designed to retard shattering and prevent splintering glass from flying into occupants. While this has reduced some cutting from glass, when body parts strike it, glass cuts are virtually impossible to prevent. Additionally, anything sharp in a vehicle from dangling keys to hard edges get caught on and can cut.

Head, neck, and spinal injuries

During accidents the head, neck, and spine are especially susceptible to injury. For most people their head weighs about 11 pounds and is supported by 20 muscles. The problem is that during an accident the head, of course, sits out in the open atop our shoulders at the end of our spine. Vision the situation as a rock dangling down from a cord or rope, only place it the other way around with the rock on top. Now during an accident when that rock (head) suddenly snaps the cord or rope (neck and spine) bad things happen. People seldom sit perfectly aligned to best endure an accident. They sit tilted or they are looking around, and then bam! They get blasted! Might be from the impact of the accident or the discharging of an airbag. Read more about the impact during and accident below.

Internal organ damage

During an automotive accident there is not just one impact. There are, in fact, 3. These 3 collisions all adhere to the laws of inertia. That an object at rest remains at rest until acted upon by an outside force. And that an object in motion remains in motion until acted upon by an outside force.

During the first collision the vehicle impacts with another object, perhaps a car, a guard rail, a bridge abutment, a bike, or pedestrian. The more massive or fixed in position the other object is the more violent the collision will be. There is an additional side note about speed that will be mentioned below.

The second impact occurs when the occupant of the vehicle hits something on the inside of it, whether that’s a seatbelt, airbag, dashboard, windshield, side panel, headliner, flying engine part coming through the compartment, or cargo. Injuries caused during this phase are often obvious and easily identifiable to others involved in the accident and to arriving emergency paramedics.

This is when broken bones often occur. Breaks most typically happen to the extremities: the hands, arms, feet, and legs, although ribs and skull fractures can happen as well.

The third and most often deadliest injuries occur during the third impact when internal organs strike other internal organs and/or bones within a person. For example, the brain strikes its skull, or the spleen hits a rib. Organs can rupture or bleed internally. These injuries are initially hidden from view, and it takes medically trained personnel to detect them and the extent of their damage.

Physical injury or even death can occur at each and every stage of this impact progression. For example, the sudden slowing when two vehicles first meet head-on can snap and break necks, even though no person has not yet impacted within the vehicle at the second stage.

Also, of special note, the faster a vehicle is moving the more damage gets inflicted. While there indeed are 3 impacts:

  1. vehicle hits object
  2. occupant hits inside of vehicle
  3. occupant’s organs hit other body parts, whether bones or organs

speed, mass, direction, and fixation are the 4 horsemen of an accident apocalypse.

During incidents of motorcycle, bicycle, and/or pedestrian accidents, there are higher incidents of “road rash.” This most often occurs when people slide down road surfaces. Let’s not dwell upon what specifically happens to them. Just know that it’s an ugly and painful injury to say the least.

Of all the injuries, head, neck, and spinal ones tend to be the most serious and difficult to make a full recovery from. Seemingly minor whiplash can lead to years of blinding headaches, immobility, and discomfort. Spinal injuries lead to a lifetime of permanent disability. Head injuries cause lasting brain disorders that affect everything from perception to mental abilities and emotional stability and personality. Current employment and future growth paths disappear altogether.

When you have been injured in a vehicular accident, you need to make sure you are treated fairly and that your attorneys understand the medical significance of your injuries.  If you were recently involved in an accident, please contact Chichyan Law APC for a courtesy consultation.  You can also e-mail attorney Morris Chichyan directly at

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Winners win. But don’t just take our word for it. See what our clients have to say.

  •   I highly recommend Mr. Chichyan for anyone involved in a motor vehicle accident. Not only is he personable but he also knows the ins and outs of how to deal with the insurance companies to maximize your award. He spent time to actually sit down with me and listen to me and my concerns and also explained his process in a comforting and easy to understand manner. Ultimately, he was able to secure an amount from the insurance company that I was extremely happy with.

    thumb J S.

      Morris was very professional, responsive, and helpful from the moment I came to him. He took the time to walk me through the process step-by-step and answered all of my questions, no matter how small. He handled my case exceptionally and with great care.

    thumb Kirby B.

      Morris was such a pleasure to work with and I was very happy with the services he provided and the professionalism with which they were provided. He was in contact with me every step of the way and helped so much with making the work towards building injury claim seamless. I'd recommend him to anyone who is ever in a similar situation, he helped my partner and I through it all and always made himself available to answer questions.

    thumb Mireille K.
  •   Morris Chichyan helped me with my automobile/bodily injury case. When I was rear ended I didn't know what to do but luckily my friend was able to recommend Morris. He was able to do all the hard work for me and let me focus on my job while he handled all the insurance stuff. I am grateful for all the help Morris was able to provide for me and highly recommend him.

    thumb Billi B.

      To start, Attorney Chichyan was personable; he was always responsive and took time to cater towards all of my needs. His responses were prompt and was available at any time of the day. He was extremely thorough in his investigation, and gave specific rationale for any information that he asked for. He was honest, making sure I was aware of each of the steps. He exceeded the expected amount for the settlement, which is a testament to both his commitment and intellectual capability. I would not hesitate to work with Attorney Chichyan.

    thumb Daniel C.

      It was an absolute pleasure working with Mr. Chichyan. His professionalism and dedication really shined through. He was personable, knowledgeable, and was available anytime I had a question or concern. He didn't let my case linger, it felt like my case was a priority. I would recommend his services to my family and friends.

    thumb Ani A.
  •   When I was involved in an accident, my life became extremely stressful due to the pain from injuries as well as financial difficulties that arose. To complicate matters even more, I now had to deal with a complicated legal process I had little familiarity with prior. Very fortunately, a friend had recommended I contact Mr. Chichyan and I can't count my blessing enough for that piece of advice. Mr. Chichyan explained the relevant laws to my case, clearly outlined the overall steps in the process in a language that was understandable, and easily broke down the each next step - step by step. From our very first phone call, he was reassuring, articulate and I immediately could tell he was knowledgable and effective. Importantly, he was extremely responsive, walking me through each step- answering all the questions I had. I never had to go through lines of secretaries and aides to reach my lawyer or wait weeks for a response. On top of that, Mr. Chichyan worked hard to minimize the work I had to do. My hands were already full with these new stressors, and having someone fully take care of the legal aspect was a godsend. I've heard of many experiences from friends of lawyers treating them like another number or business opportunity but my lawyer Mr. Chichyan treated me like I was family from the very start. His repeatedly mentioned that his focus was for me to get my life back on track while he handled everything else. This firm provided me the individualized, comprehensive care that you only see from small business but the results of those giant law firms. Mr. Chichyan is THE model of what an excellent lawyer looks like. I will undoubtedly use Chichyan Law for any future legal matters that arise and highly recommend them!

    thumb Brandon D.

      Attorney Chichyan is an excellent and very knowledgeable individual who truly cares about his clients. He was very prompt to answer my questions with great detail. He'll certainly be my go to person for legal guidance and the person I recommend to my friends and family.

    thumb Christian T.

      Morris went above and beyond for my automobile accident!  Not only did he help find me the right care for my injuries (which I fully recovered from), but he was able to secure maximum compensation for my rear end accident.  He was always available to speak with me to answer my questions and would frequently follow up with me.  I would recommend him to anyone that has been involved in an automobile accident.

    thumb Ninet N.
  •   I got into a serious accident and I was recommended by a close friend to contact Chichyan Law. I was hesitant at first due to dealing with other suboptimal lawyers in the past. But after giving a chance to speak with Morris Chichyan himself, he made me feel comfortable from the very beginning and explained the legal process very well. He was extremely respectful during conversations and was always attentive to my concerns. He made me feel like he had my best interest at all times and I know he fought hard for me. He has my highest recommendation!

    thumb Madhav S.

      trustworthy... and one of the best
    i will work again with him in the future...
    thank you sir

    thumb Marc R.

      A friend referred me to Chichyan Law APC, and I must say I was blown away with my experience. Once I contacted Chichyan Law APC, I was put in touch with Morris. I must say never have I met an individual who was so knowledgeable, extremely passionate, driven, and most importantly helpful. Morris was very professional, on top of my case and his goal was to care for my best interests. Chichyan Law APC would contact me and update me on what was going on with my case, never have I came across such a professional law firm. You wont regret contacting Chichyan Law APC Make sure to ask to speak with Morris.

    Keep up the great work guys, and THANK YOU Morris for a fast, easy, smooth settlement!

    thumb Jason M.
  •   Thanks Chichyan Law ! I was in a accident and thought I lost everything but I was lucky my friend recommended Chichyan Law. I felt taken care of and they went above and beyond to answer all my questions and make sure I was happy with the process. I felt like a had a friend fighting for me throughout the whole thing I highly recommend Chichyan law!

    thumb George B.


"*" indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Free Initial Consultation

Pay Zero Out-of-Pocket

No Hidden Fees

Available 24hrs Everyday

One-on-One Attention

Proven Track Record

5-Stars on Yelp, Google, & Avvo

Morris’ Insights on Personal Injury Law