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The Most Common Types of Auto Accident Injuries

Anyone who is reading this knows that an automobile accident can cause very serious, sometimes life-threatening injuries. If you’ve ever been involved in a car crash, you know just how frightening and life-altering they can be. So, what are the most common types of auto accident injuries in Idaho?


If you’ve been involved in an accident recently, you may be at least, partially unaware of exactly how far the extent of your injuries may become over time. Some injuries that seem minor for now, may get worse as time passes by. We want you to take a look at some of the most common injuries that result from car crashes and how to seek appropriate medical attention to ensure your health and safety for the years to come.


“Each year in the United States, about 3 million people are non-fatally injured in motor vehicle crashes.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)



The odds of being injured in a car crash are fairly high. It is estimated that around six million traffic accidents are reported each year in the United States. Sadly, more than 90 people die every day in car accidents in the US. Whether you’re the driver, or along for the ride in the passenger’s seat, an auto accident can result in some very serious injuries. According to, nearly 2 million drivers in the US experience permanent injuries every year. When you’ve been injured in an auto accident in Idaho or Washington, you will need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney to build a claim towards your recovery.





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The dangers of driving a vehicle are too often taken for granted.


The majority of us drive each and every day. If you think about it, driving requires you to have attention and focus on the road when you are behind the wheel.  We all drive these cars and trucks at high speeds, in relatively close proximity to one another, which requires a certain level of trust that everyone else is paying attention to what they’re doing behind the wheel. It should come as no surprise that when someone is negligent and makes a serious mistake, that the results can be disastrous. These problems are made worse with poor driving conditions, such as slick, winter roads, nighttime driving or distracted driving.


With our long experience with car and truck accident cases, we have compiled a list of some of the most common auto accident injuries, how they can be treated and what damages can typically be compensated in a court of law.


The 5 most common types of auto accident injuries in Idaho.


With roughly 26,000 traffic accidents in Idaho each year, many people suffer from very serious injuries.


Head and brain injuries resulting from automobile accidents:


Car wrecks are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries in the United States. Traumatic brain injury or, TBI is the result of a sudden blow or jolt to the head. These types of injuries can range from mild concussions to serious, life-altering cases of permanent brain damage. Typically, a TBI can cause frequent, sometimes daily headaches which could get worse over time. Difficulty sleeping is another common symptom of a TBI.


A TBI can occur when sudden acceleration or deceleration in an automobile causes your head to get jostled back and forth, in which the brain tissue can actually collide with your skull. This can result in bruising and bleeding of your brain. These injuries can last far into the future and they may be difficult to diagnose. Any treatment plan should be considered long-term, as these injuries can lead to more difficulties, far into the future.




Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries in the neck are very common in traffic accidents in Idaho. These injuries occur when the neck is jostled, back and forth in a very rapid manner. In a car wreck, your body moves much faster than you normally would be physically able to on your own. The trauma endured by your body with these types of movements can greatly strain soft tissues, like muscles and tendons in your neck. Stiffness and loss of motion are common symptoms of whiplash.


Whiplash is extremely common in car accidents as your head gets jolted back and forth, like a whip.


Whiplash is very painful and without treatment, you could possibly feel the effects of a whiplash injury for the rest of your life. Along with chronic neck pain and general stiffness – when left untreated, it is possible for whiplash injuries to create conditions that lead to degenerative disc disease and general vertebrate misalignment issues.


Back Injuries


Back and spinal cord injuries can be common after a serious car accident. In some severe cases, paralysis can occur to parts of the body. Other minor back injuries, such as a herniated disc are also quite possible. When a disc in your back becomes herniated, one or more of your discs rupture or are forced out of place. These types of injuries can result in pain and complications with mobility.


Lacerations, scrapes and bruising


Unsecured objects in your car (like your cell phone), broken glass, torn sheet metal parts of your car and even your airbag can cause bruising, cuts and other types of “road rash” in an auto accident. Because our skin is so soft, these types of injuries are common, even in the most minor of automobile accidents. Sometimes bruising could be indicative of a more serious injury, such as internal bleeding. Again, a thorough check-up from your family doctor should be handled as soon as possible after an accident to make sure a worse injury isn’t present.


Cuts, scrapes and bruises are very common in traffic accidents across Idaho.


Psychological trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


Although the injury may be invisible to the naked eye, psychological and emotional trauma are very real. This type of injury is common, even after a minor car accident. In some extreme cases, people can develop an aversion, or phobia to driving.


Depression, anxiety and PTSD are common in automobile accidents where someone is seriously injured or killed in the crash. If you, or a loved one is experiencing deep emotional distress after an accident, it is important to seek a psychological evaluation to see if some form of therapy is necessary to help you heal.


What should I do if I’ve been injured in an automobile accident?


If you, or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, consider speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney in your area. The personal injury lawyers at Caldwell Law Group, PLLC are dedicated to helping the residents of Idaho and Washington who have been injured due to the negligent actions of others while behind the wheel. Chris Caldwell is ready to examine the details of your case and explain your rights and your legal options. As always, your initial consultation is free.


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