Driving in Minnesota is hazardous. You have to deal with all four seasons – five seasons if you count construction season – as well staying alert for deer and other wildlife. With all these hazards, odds are you’ll experience a few car accidents over the course of your life.
Whether it’s a minor fender bender or you total your car, one of the more common injuries suffered in a car accident is a fracture. Today, we take a look at the 10 most common bones a driver may break during an auto accident.
The Top 10 Bones
In no particular order, here’s a quick look at the 10 bones you’re most likely to break in a car crash:
- Tibia/Fibula Fracture – Broken legs can occur if the leg area in the car crumples during the accident.
- Femur Fracture – Despite being one of the strongest bones in the body, the femur can fracture during a high-impact collision.
- Rib Fractures – Rib fractures are fairly common, and can be caused by the airbag or seatbelt.
- Hip Fracture – Some physicians will tell you that a hip fracture is the most commonly fractured area in a car accident.
- Pelvis Fracture – Pelvis fractures tend to occur in bad motorcycle accidents, but they also occur in car crashes.
- Facial/Skull Fracture – These scary injuries can occur if a person strikes the windshield because they weren’t wearing a seatbelt.
- Wrist Fractures – Your wrist is comprised of many fragile bones, so it’s no surprise that they can be easily fractured during a car accident.
- Back Fracture – Fractured disks are another common fracture in head-on and rear-impact collisions.
- Clavicle Fractures – The clavicle is more fragile than other bones in your body, so it’s susceptible to breaking during a crash.
- Arm Fractures – Arm fractures can occur as a person tries to brace themselves for a collision.
All of these injuries should be treated by a skilled pain management physician, so stop into a clinic if you suspect you have any of these injuries after an auto accident.