Car Accidents

What to Do if Your are in a Car Accident

Thousands of car accidents happen every year in the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in one, there are certain things you should do, no matter how minor it is. Here is our post about steps you should take if you are in a car crash: What To Do If You Are In A Car Accident.

Common Injuries From Car Accidents

Injuries from car accidents can vary in severity and location depending not only on the type of collision and the speed and size of the vehicles involved, but also on whether you were looking straight ahead or were turned to the side, and whether you were aware a collision was about to happen or it caught you by surprise.

In a head-on collision, the occupants of the vehicle typically suffer chest and lower limb injuries, such as injuries to the knees from striking the dashboard.

T-bone collisions can cause serious injuries at relatively low speeds, because of the side-to-side movement of the occupants. A person on the struck side of the car can be hit by the door panel, causing injuries to the arm and chest. A person on the non-struck side may injure their head by hitting the pillar behind the front door.

Rollover collisions can cause severe injuries to the arms and chest. Injuries to the head and face are also common in these crashes.

The most common injury from a rear-end collision is whiplash.  Whiplash is an injury to the neck and lower back following a sudden acceleration-deceleration force that causes a rapid forward and backward movement of the head and body. Injury to the lower back becomes more likely if the occupant is turned at the time of impact. Common symptoms of whiplash include neck pain and stiffness, headache, shoulder pain and stiffness, arm pain, and back pain.


Our personal injury lawyers and staff are experienced in handling all types of car accident claims. Please do not hesitate to contact us at (360) 694-4344 for a free consultation.