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Car Accident Injuries

Common Car Accident Injuries 


A car accident injury can change your life forever. You may be unable to work, provide for your family or continue activities you once enjoyed. At the same time, you may face a mountain of medical bills and other expenses. Injuries that the insurance company might say are minor, such as a whiplash injury, can be painful and debilitating.

If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident, you don't have to be alone in your fight for justice. You may be entitled to more compensation than you think. Call or email our law firm today for a free consultation. All of our Santa Rosa personal injury lawyers are committed to putting our experience and resources to work for you.


Car accidents don't have to be catastrophic, such as high-speed head-on collisions, to create a serious injury case. Drivers and passengers involved in a rear-end collision may sustain a life-threatening head injuries.

The extent of some auto accident injuries are not even realized until days or weeks after the accident. For example, some internal injuries sometimes are difficult to detect immediately after a car accident. The types of injuries that can result from the impact of a car collision are almost too many to count. There are, however, certain types of injuries that are more commonly sustained in car crashes. These injuries include:

  • Back injury – An individual's back can be sprained, strained, or fractured from the impact of a car collision. Persons who suffer injury to their back can also experience lumbar radiculopathy, lumbar spine injury, disc injury, and thoracic spine injury. Back injuries can be particularly dangerous because they do not always surface immediately after an accident. Sometimes, it can take weeks or months before the signs of back injury become noticeable. Long-standing pain and suffering often accompany the victims of back injury.
  • Brain injury – Closed head injuries are among the most common injuries suffered by drivers and passengers who are involved in a car accident. Anything from a mild concussion to a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result from an accident. Of particular concern in these situations is that no exterior damage to the head needs to present in order for a brain injury to occur. Sometimes, the brain can be jostled inside the skull from the impact of a crash, creating no cuts or bruises on the outside, but sustaining damage on the inside nonetheless.
  • Face injury – Airbags, steering wheels, windshields, dashboards, and more can all cause injury to the face in the event of a car accident. Depending on the severity of the collision and the object of impact, face injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to major disfiguration. Fractures, lacerations, serious dental injuries, and Temporomandibular disorders of the jaw (TMJ) can also result.
  • Head injury – Contrary to popular belief, head injuries and brain injuries are not synonymous. In fact, it is completely possible to have one without the other. For example, the impact of a car collision could result in jostling to the brain but cause no exterior damage to the person's head. On the hand, the victim of a car collision could cause major bruising and scarring in the upper regions of a person's body, but not actually result in harm to the brain.
  • Neck injury – Both minor and major forms of neck injury can result from a car collision. Minor neck injuries can include whiplash and general neck strain, whereas major neck injuries might take the form of disc injury or even cervical radiculopathy. Injury to the neck can be identified in the immediate aftermath of the car accident, or in the days and weeks to follow depending on the nature of the injury.
  • Psychological injury – Car accident injuries aren't only manifested physically. Some individuals could suffer severe psychological trauma from a serious car accident, especially if other injuries or fatalities also resulted. Psychological injuries can be short-term or long-term and often take the form of significant emotional distress or even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Insurance companies in many cases will try to minimize the amount they pay on a claim by offering a quick settlement before the full extent of injuries is known. At The Law Offices of Freeman & Freeman, we have experience negotiating favorable settlements with the insurance companies for our clients injured in car accidents. Our attorneys take an aggressive stand in the negotiating room in pursuit of maximum compensation.


We understand how frustrating a car accident injury can be. With so much at stake, it's wise to contact an experienced lawyer. Call (707) 575-7141 or fill out an online form to tell us about your case. The Law Offices of Freeman & Freeman has experienced legal professionals ready to listen to you and discuss the best way to proceed. There is no obligation. Your initial consultation is free. A delay may affect your rights, so take action today.

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