Second to falls, motor vehicle crashes are among the most common causes of injury to children. Whether riding in the family vehicle or having fun in an ATV, motor vehicle crashes can occur at any time and cause minor or life-changing injuries.
Auto Accidents Can Lead To These Common Injuries In Children
Some injuries may appear subtle and minor, while others are more obvious and potentially deadly. This is why it’s important for children to get prompt medical attention immediately after an auto accident, even if the child feels or looks unharmed. Common auto accident injuries in children include:
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries are the most common. Whiplash, caused by a crash that stretches the neck and head muscles, is just one of many soft tissue injuries. Others include bruises and muscle strains and sprains, back injuries, and damage to the spine.
Broken Or Fractured Bones
Children may sustain hand, wrist, foot, or ankle fractures while bracing for the impact of the collision and fracture their pelvis from seat belt restraint. Kids who are ejected from the vehicle in an auto accident usually suffer broken bones
Severe Cuts And Scrapes
Loose objects inside the vehicle can become hazardous when they fly throughout the car in a crash. These objects, along with all the broken car parts and shards of glass, may cause minor cuts or severe deep, life-threatening lacerations.
Head And Brain Injuries
Brain and head injuries arising from auto accidents can range from minor to fatal. Concussions are a mild form of head injury, but more serious traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can lead to permanent brain damage.
These usually take the form of bruises or contusions, but more severe injuries are also possible. These include fractured ribs and internal organ damage. Seatbelts can cause any of these injuries upon impact.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Even if children don’t sustain physical injuries, they can suffer psychological effects, such as PTSD, from the auto accident. Children may require therapy for several months or years to prevent their trauma from negatively affecting their lives.
Injury outcomes in kids, particularly the younger ones, are usually worse than similar injuries in adults. For instance, kids who sustain brain damage can potentially suffer from delayed or permanent neurological problems, which highlights the need for vigilant monitoring as they age.
Get In Touch With A Vernon Auto Accident Lawyer Now
Children’s auto accident injuries can be complex and life altering. To learn more about your case and legal options, contact Berman & Russo today. Contact us online or call 860-644-1548 to schedule a free case review with a Vernon auto accident lawyer.