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Types of car accidents that cause spinal injuries

On Behalf of | May 7, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Car wrecks are a leading cause of spinal injuries. They often have a severe and lasting impact on a person’s health.

Understanding the types of car accidents that commonly lead to spinal injuries can help drivers and passengers alike to be mindful of the potential consequences.

Rear-end collisions

When one car hits another from behind, it can make the occupants whip forward and back in rapid motion. This movement, often known as whiplash, might strain or injure the neck and upper back. Whiplash commonly results from rear-end collisions, especially at lower speeds. The jolt pushes the spine into an unnatural position, which can damage vertebrae, ligaments or discs.

Head-on collisions

Head-on collisions occur when the fronts of two vehicles collide. These accidents are especially hazardous because of the high speed and direct force. Spinal injuries in these crashes often involve the cervical (neck) and thoracic (mid-back) regions of the spine. The unrelenting force can either compress the spine or cause it to hyperextend.

Side-impact collisions

Also known as T-bone or broadside collisions, side-impact crashes typically happen at intersections. Such accidents can cause the body to jerk sideways, harming spinal alignment and leading to lower back and neck injuries.

Rollover accidents

Rollovers are particularly violent and may lead to multiple types of spinal troubles. As the vehicle flips, occupants may smash into the car’s interior. Also, the rolling motion can cause bending and twisting of the spine, potentially leading to fractures or dislocations.

Spinal injuries sometimes cause reduced mobility and lifelong pain. Little compares with the emotional turmoil of irresponsible actions resulting in such consequences.