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Common injuries children suffer from car accidents

On Behalf of | May 20, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Car accidents can be traumatic for everyone involved, especially children. Understanding the common injuries children may suffer in such incidents can help parents take appropriate precautions and seek necessary care in Florida.

Head injuries

Head injuries are among the most serious consequences of car accidents for children. Concussions arise from a sudden impact, causing the brain to move inside the skull. A direct blow to the head can result in skull fractures, which may require immediate medical attention.

Neck and spinal injuries

The impact of a collision can cause significant damage to a child’s neck and spine. Sudden movement of the head and neck can lead to whiplash, causing pain and stiffness. Severe accidents can damage the spinal cord, potentially leading to long-term disabilities.

Chest and abdominal injuries

Seatbelts, while critical to child safety, can sometimes cause injuries to a child’s chest and abdomen during a crash. The force of the seatbelt can fracture ribs, leading to pain and difficulty breathing. Internal injuries can damage organs such as the liver, spleen, and kidneys, requiring urgent medical intervention.

Psychological effects

Beyond physical injuries, children may also suffer psychological trauma. The fear of being in another accident can cause lasting anxiety. Severe accidents may lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), affecting a child’s mental health and well-being.

Preventing injuries to children

The best way to proactively protect children from personal injury is to ensure children’s car and booster seats are properly installed. It’s also important for children to always sit in their car seat or booster, regardless of how quick the trip may be.