Since 2007, there has been an average of 350 traffic accident fatalities per year in British Columbia. Over the past 5 years, provincially, ICBC registered roughly 260,000 crashes in 2012, which is down around 20,000 from the total in 2008. Casualty crashes — crashes resulting in injuries or death — were 54,000 in 2012, which is up from 52,000 in 2011, 51,000 in 2009, 49,000 in 2009 and 51,000 in 2008.
But while fatalities and personal injuries appear to be in decline (an ageing demographic, plus stricter “new driver” regulations may be accountable for this), it’s small consolation for people experiencing personal injury in an automobile accident.
It’s helpful to think of injuries in terms of degrees – from minor, to serious, and even a critical degree of injury.
Soft Tissue Injuries
So-called “soft tissue injuries” are most common. Soft tissues are the soft parts of the body such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Symptoms often include localized pain at the site of the injury.
Soft tissue injuries are also the most difficult for your doctor to diagnose and treat – they don’t show up when using an X-ray.
While it seems obvious, broken bones deserve special attention following an auto accident. This is because they can cause lifelong, life-changing injuries, especially if the bones do not heal properly. Rehabilitation becomes essential.
Concussion is another common injury experienced following auto accidents. Symptoms include headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, inability to concentrate, and sensitivity to sounds and light. At the first suspicion of a concussion, seek medical treatment immediately, as serious complications could follow.