Personal Injury

Common Types of Car Accident Injuries

If you have been in a car accident, you may be wondering what to do next. Medical bills may be piling up. You may be missing days - even weeks - of work. A San Diego car accident attorney may be able to help you get compensation for these losses, but can you really get compensation for your specific injuries?

In this blog post, we will cover common types of car accident injuries that are involved in personal injury claims. They are wide ranging, from the mild to severe. Whatever your situation is, you should speak with a car accident attorney to learn more about your ability to recover compensation for any losses.


Whiplash is the most common car accident injury and can occur in minor and severe accidents. These accident injuries occur mostly in rear-end collisions where victims least expect impact. Once the other vehicle hits you, your head jerks backward away from the force of impact. The rapid forward and back movement causes the neck muscles to strain.

Some of the symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Neck pain
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Numbness in the arms
  • Motion range loss in the neck
  • Pain in the shoulder

Other people may experience blurred vision, sleep problems, memory issues, depression, difficulty concentrating, and irritability.

Back Injuries

A back injury can lead to loss of function in larger portions of your body or one or more limbs. The impact after a car crash forces the muscles in the lower back to tear or overstretch. Strains and sprains often lead to muscle spasms, acute low back pain, and tightness.

Spinal Disc Damage

The spine has many discs between the vertebrae that offer support and cushioning. A car accident can damage or dislocate one or a few discs. Common injuries include herniated discs, bulging discs, and annular tears.

A bulging disc occurs when the disc moves out of place and shifts to the spinal canal. Annular tears occur when the tough ligament of the disc cracks. A herniated disc injury occurs when the jelly-like nucleus inside the disc leaks to the spinal canal. The torn or bulging disc injuries can cause nerve pain once the disc fragment irritates the surrounding spinal nerves.


When the seatbelts restrain, airbags deploy, and the windscreen shatters, your body may come into contact with sharp edges from the vehicle’s interior or exterior. Lacerations can range from a minor cut or scrape to a severe wound, where the skin is torn, exposing the underlying tissue.

Lacerations may require surgical treatment and take time to fully recover. There may even be permanent disfigurement and pain associated with these injuries, which should be accounted for when making a claim for damages.

Looking for a San Diego Car Accident Attorney? We Can Help

If you have been involved in a car accident resulting in any of these or other injuries in San Diego, you are eligible for compensation. At the Law Office of Elliott Kanter, our attorneys are willing and ready to assist you in acquiring rightful compensation after such injuries. Contact us online to schedule a consultation with our professional legal team.

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