Did you know that in 2013, there were 30,000 fatal car accidents? In another 1.6 million accident, someone was injured. The damage and destruction of car accident can be horrifying. Car accidents often cause similar injuries to victims; however, the cost of car accidents is estimated to be an incredible $277 billion each year. That means that each person in the U.S. would have a bill for $897.

What are some of the most common injuries suffered in a car accident? Whiplash is one that is well-known. It’s caused by the sudden back and forth movement of the neck and head. The extent of the injury depends on how severe the accident was. Some people suffer from vocal cord paralysis, but it is usually temporary. Swelling and pain are quite common.

The blunt force of a car accident can cause serious injuries in the chest area, too. From collapsed lungs to internal bleeding, these injuries are life-threatening and can require extensive medical care.

Head injuries, both closed and open, are some of the most serious injuries suffering in a car accident. From mild concussions to traumatic brain injuries, these often require long-term medical care. Vision and hearing problems can occur with a head injury, as can skull fractures.

Back and spinal injuries can leave someone paralyzed, which is life-altering. Leg or arm pain, weakness and tingling are common symptoms of less serious spinal injuries.

If you have suffered a serious injury in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you have a right to seek compensation from the at-fault driver. A lawyer can help you understand how to proceed.

Source: FindLaw, “Types of Car Accident Injuries,” accessed March 18, 2016