Getting into a crash can easily result in numerous injuries to multiple areas of the body. This includes injuries ranging from mild to very severe.
On the more severe end, there are crush injuries. But what are these injuries and how do they happen in cars?
What are crush injuries?
Up To Date discusses the impact of severe crush injuries. These injuries typically occur when part of the body ends up compressed or crushed between larger or heavier objects. For example, the field of construction has numerous crush injury incidents due to the heavy machinery and equipment that employees work with.
In car crashes, crush injuries can happen when part of the car ends up crushed inward. Though crash cages exist to protect people from this possibility, they cannot prevent every area of the car from taking damage.
Common crush injuries in cars
The most common areas for crush injuries in cars include the front, especially the foot well. The front of the car does not have crash cage protection, meaning it can crumple with ease and crush a person’s feet or legs.
It is also common for victims to end up with crush injuries to the hands, simply because they are small and have a high level of mobility, so they can more easily get stuck in unusual places.
If someone is not wearing their seatbelt, they can also get ejected from the car and may end up crushed between the car and ground, or between vehicles.
In any case, crush injuries are almost always serious and require immediate medical care.