Broken bones are often a common consequence of car accidents because of the extreme force and impact of such incidents. A car accident can result in pelvic fractures, broken ribs and even skull or spinal fractures. Other broken bone injuries that can prove debilitating include fractures to the ankle, thighbone, collarbone, neck and spine. Sometimes, these fractures may require surgery.

In other cases, recovery could take a substantial amount of time. Victims may have to undergo physical therapy or extensive rehabilitation. This could result in significant medical expenses and loss of wages due to time away from work.

Types of Bone Fractures:

There are many ways in which your bone can break during a traumatic incident such as a car accident. Types of bone fractures that commonly result from car crashes include:

  • Displaced fracture: A displaced fracture is when the bone snaps and moves so that the end of the broken parts no longer line up. When the bone is in many pieces, it is called a comminuted fracture.
  • Non-displaced fracture: When a fracture is non-displaced, that means that the bone has cracked but it retains its proper alignment.
  • Open fracture: When someone suffers an open bone fracture, the bone actually breaks through the skin. The bone may recede back into the wound or it may remain visible. This is a particularly dangerous kind of fracture because it comes with the risk of a deep bone infection.
  • Closed fracture: A closed fracture is when the bone is broken but it does not puncture the skin.