Car accidents happen every day in California. The state Highway Patrol reports that 226,544 people were injured in 159,696 injury collisions in 2012. On average, one person was injured every 2 minutes and 19 seconds in a motor vehicle accident in California in 2012.
Back injuries are high on the list of common injuries caused by traffic accidents. Our bodies are not designed to absorb the impact of a car collision, even at relatively low speeds. Even less serious back injuries can seriously affect mobility and cause a great deal of ongoing pain that can be difficult or impossible to fully resolve.
Types of Back Injuries Caused by Car Accidents in California
Car wrecks can cause injury to the back in any number of ways, and cause pain to the victim ranging from mild to debilitating. Back injuries from traffic crashes can range from less serious sprains and strains to catastrophic spinal cord injuries.
Any of the three general areas of the spine – cervical, (neck), thoracic (upper back), and lumbar (lower back) – can be injured in auto accidents. The following are some of the various types of back injuries that can occur due to a car crash:
Thoracic Spinal Injuries
Fractures and sprains in the thoracic region are generally caused by high velocity accidents. This area of the spine connects to the chest and the ribs. Injuries in the thoracic area can be very serious and can result in permanent damage to the nerves.
Lumbar Spinal Injuries
Strains or sprains in the lumbar region can be particularly painful because the five largest vertebrae and the strongest muscles providing spinal stability are located in this area. When a strain occurs, the muscles, tendons, or ligaments are painfully stretched. With a sprain there is actual damage to the ligaments. Both sprains and strains can cause swelling, tenderness, bruising, limited movement, and greatly restricted activity for the victim.
Spinal discs help cushion and separate the vertebrae and protect the spine. When a disc is displaced, it can put pressure on the spinal cord and connecting nerves, causing sudden intense pain in the lower back and numbness in the legs. This is known as a herniated disc.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are the most serious of all back injuries. Severe damage to the spinal cord can result in permanent paralysis and disability – either paraplegia or quadriplegia, depending on the location of the injury.
If you’ve suffered a back injury in a California car accident, contact our back injury lawyers today.
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- California Highway Patrol: 2013 California Quick Collision Facts