We all want to keep our kids as safe as possible, which is why we go to such great lengths to read labels and comparison shop to find the best products for our kids.  Unfortunately, we can’t always protect them from harm.  Even with a car that receives top safety ratings and a car seat designed to protect a child’s small body, a car accident can subject a child’s body to extreme forces, resulting in injury or even death.

The good news is, car seats are designed to provide extra protection thanks to 5-point harnesses, additional padding, and other safety precautions.  Even older kids can benefit from belt positioning booster seats until they are large enough to use the seat belt normally.  According to Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS), such precautions can reduce the risk of injury by 58% in side impact crashes, which tend to be the most harmful to child passengers.

Still, the majority of crashes are front or rear end collisions.  Any time you’re in an accident, you need to understand how your children could be affected.  Here’s what can happen to a child’s body in an accident.

Impact

When an impact occurs, it subjects the driver and passengers to incredible forces that generally cause the body to whip back and forth or side to side, depending on where impact occurs.  For safety reasons, children are often placed in the second row of seats.

This, paired with the use of appropriate car seats or boosters can help to minimize harm to children, but they’re still going to experience at least some impact force, which will cause them to be thrust away from the impact site and then whipped back toward it.  Accidents can also result in broken glass and debris inside the car that can harm child passengers.

Injury

While adults most frequently suffer from injuries like whiplash, traumatic brain injury, and broken bones as a result of car accidents, the injuries most common to children can be a bit different.  Head injuries and concussions also frequently occur with child passengers, but children may also be more susceptible than adults to chest and back injuries, as well as organ damage.

As with adults, the harm done to children is not always clear in the immediate aftermath of an accident, which is why children involved in auto collisions should always be thoroughly examined by medical professionals as soon as possible to diagnose potential injuries and begin necessary treatment.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 6 million car accidents occur each year.  Of that number, about 40% are classified as rear end collisions.  Thanks to advanced safety features, many people walk away from fender benders and even more serious accidents completely unharmed.  However, it’s not uncommon for injuries to result from traffic collisions.

If you are rear ended, any number of injuries could result, but some are much more common than others.  When an accident happens and adrenaline is high, you might not notice aches and pains immediately, but when you are aware of what could occur, you may be more inclined to take inventory and seek medical attention.  Here are some of the most common injuries resulting from being rear ended.

Whiplash

When your car is rear ended, it can cause your head to snap back and forth in a violent motion, damaging the soft tissue of your neck.  This could leave you with symptoms ranging from mild soreness to serious pain and associated side effects like migraines.

The worst thing about whiplash is that it could take days or weeks to realize the full extent of your injury.  Whiplash is the injury most often associated with rear end collisions because victims generally don’t see the accident coming and are unable to brace for impact.

Concussion

Traumatic brain injuries are also common following rear end collisions, and concussions are perhaps the most frequent type.  The sudden snapping motion of the neck and/or a blow to the head could cause your brain to bounce or twist inside your skull.

This trauma can lead to swelling around the brain and symptoms like dizziness, headache, confusion, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and even amnesia.  Some people who experience concussions pass out (although some do not).  You may not realize you have a concussion right away, so it’s best to get checked out by a medical professional.

Broken Bones

When your body is thrust forward during a rear end collision, you could end up with broken bones from hitting the steering wheel, dashboard, or other surface of the car.  It’s not uncommon for broken bones to occur in the hands, feet, ribcage, spine, and skull.

Paralysis

Any rear end collision could result in injury, but at high rates of speed, the outcomes could be much worse.  When serious spinal injury occurs, the result could be some form of paralysis, either temporary or permanent.  It all depends on where and how the spine is injured and the severity of the trauma.

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