One of the leading causes of broken bones is involvement in a car accident, simply because during any collision your body absorbs a tremendous amount of impact. Some of the most common bones broken during a collision are lower legs and femurs, arms and wrists, clavicles (collarbones), hips, and ribs. Common fractures include all bones listed above, as well as skull/ face, spine, and neck.
Common Ways Bones Can Be Broken or Fractured in a Car Accident
Because of the way your body absorbs the impact of the collision, there are many ways you can break or fracture bones during an accident.
- Being thrown forward or backward in the car
- Hitting objects in the car with force (such as the dashboard, steering wheel, or windshield)
- Being thrown out of the car and the impact with the ground
- Compression during the collision
- Being hit with any external objects, such as loose items in the car
- Bending or twisting your limbs in abnormal or unusual ways during the crash
How Do I Know if I Have a Broken Bone?
After being in a car crash, you will likely know that you have a broken or fractured bone right away. One of the hallmarks of a broken bone is intense amounts of pain in a localized area. Along with severe pain, here are some signs that you may have a broken bone:
- Pain that worsens when you move or touch the area
- Inability to bear weight or put pressure on the area
- Redness, swelling, bruising/ discoloration, and tenderness
- Visible bone exposure if the bone breaks the skin
- Visible bone deformity, such as your limb bending the wrong way
If you are involved in a serious accident, you may have more than one break.
Seeking Medical Attention
You should always seek medical attention after being in a collision, even if you don’t think you are injured. During a car crash, your body produces a massive surge of adrenaline which can keep you from feeling any pain or injuries you might have sustained – even serious ones like broken bones.
If you think you have a broken bone or fracture after an accident, it’s even more important to go to a hospital because fractured or broken bones won’t heal properly without medical intervention. The first thing your doctor will do is take an x-ray to identify the type and severity of the fracture and where it’s located. From there, they’ll determine your best treatment options.
The average healing time for a broken bone is 6-8 weeks, depending on the severity of the break and which bone was affected. During that time, you’ll have to limit your movement of that body part, as well as adjust to temporarily having limited mobility. You may need to take time off of work as well as get assistance with daily chores and activities because the affected bone needs to remain completely immobile and stabilized.
Hospitals Near You
Depending on where you are in the Valley, here’s a list of some hospitals that may be close to you.
If you were involved in a car accident that resulted in broken bones and affected your work and daily life, you may be entitled to compensation if you were not the at-fault driver. Call us today for a free consultation.