What Happens to the Body During a Car Crash?

The body is not designed to handle a car crash, which means, that no matter the severity of an accident or how safe a car is rated, damage, including aches and pain or life-altering injuries can occur. Car accident effects on the body come in many different forms and may not be present immediately after the accident.

When you sit down in a car, you are not only trusting your driving abilities on the road, and you are also trusting the other drivers on the road. You must drive defensively and carefully at all times. Unfortunately, automobile accidents still occur, which is why you must understand how a car accident can affect your body. Our car accident lawyers have the experience and knowledge to guide you through the legal process following an accident, allowing you to focus on recovering from any injuries you may have sustained.

What Injuries Can Occur During a Car Crash?

When you are driving or are a passenger in a car, the vehicle and your body have kinetic energy. When a sudden stop occurs, the energy from your movement is transferred to the brakes to help you stop quickly. In a sudden car crash, this kinetic energy is released and impacts the body, which can cause injury and pain.

Luckily, modern cars are designed to help protect the car’s occupants from absorbing the energy experienced during a car accident. However, in most crashes, especially those that occur at high speeds, the body will absorb energy and the risk of an injury increases. Here is a list of injuries to different parts of the body:


Immediately following an impact, the body continues to move at the speed it was moving before the vehicle is stopped or slowed down. Kinetic speed stops when the body contacts another object within the automobile, such as an airbag, the car door, the seat belt, the windshield, the dashboard, or another object in the automobile.

What Causes Whiplash?

Whiplash occurs when the neck is thrown backward during an automobile accident before it rebounds forward. This type of injury occurs during a rear-end accident. The muscles and tendons in the neck stretch. Whiplash can result in either minor or major damage to the spine, back, and neck.

What Limb Injuries are Common in Auto Accidents?

Because the legs and the arms are less protected than your other body parts from movement during a car crash, they are at an increased risk of coming in contact with the car, which can cause contusions, scrapes, cuts, and fractures.

Trauma to the Spine and Upper Body

One common automobile accident injury is a broken or bruised collarbone. The collarbone is a fragile bone and is often the first thing to get injured because the seat belt goes across the collarbone. Passengers often experience right collarbone injuries while drivers often experience left collarbone injuries.

During a high-speed auto accident, the ribs can become fractured due to the impact of the crash. Because the ribs form a protective barrier around the lungs, a lung collapse can occur during a rib fracture.

During an accident, the heart is thrust forward with the rest of the torso. The heart can come in contact with the ribs, resulting in bruising. Additionally, blood loss or instantaneous death can occur.

The spine can experience trauma during a car crash, and disc herniation can occur, leading to back pain or neuropathy. The pain can be acute or chronic, following an auto accident that causes injury to the spine.


The stomach, intestines, and other internal organs found in the abdominal cavity will thrust forward upon impact. These organs can come in contact with the abdominal wall and absorb the impact of hitting the seatbelt. Organs can bruise or rupture during a car crash and can release waste or cause blood loss.


Pelvic fractures are extremely painful and can occur during a car crash. If a pelvic fracture occurs, surgery is typically necessary, followed by extensive rehabilitation. If you experience a pelvic or hip fracture during an automobile accident, you could be facing expensive medical costs and lost wages. A car accident lawyer can help you recover the damages and medical bills you have experienced from a car crash.

Emotional Response to Car Crashes

In addition to physical injuries, you can experience a number of emotional responses. When you are in a car crash, your body will release endorphins as well as adrenaline to enhance your alertness and elevate your mood. These hormones enable the body and the mind to better handle the auto accident. These hormones often cause accident victims to have a sense of calm following a crash because the hormones block pain and the stress response.

Unfortunately, the emotional impacts associated with a car accident can be significant. Sometimes the effects are immediate; other times they occur over time. This emotional response often occurs when an individual experiences a large amount of loss, damage, pain, or the death of a loved one.

Have You Been Injured in an Automobile Accident?

The Weinstein Firm has the experience needed to handle your personal injury claim. Car accident effects on the body can stay with you for the rest of your life and we understand how to make your claim recover the money you deserve to deal with these effects. We will work hard to ensure you get the money needed to recover from the financial and emotional damage that resulted from the car crash. Give us a call today at 770-Help-Now for your complimentary consultation. We only get compensated when we win your case.

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