5 Most Common Fatal Injuries From SUV Accidents

The demand for SUVs has been continuously rising because of their style, size and weight. Even though SUVs offer strong protection to the driver and its passengers, they often cause major damage to the occupants of other vehicles when involved in a crash. 

The most common injuries after a car crash are traumatic brain injuries, internal bleeding, broken ribs, and spinal cord injuries. Some car accident injuries are minor and may heal on their own or with a little treatment. However, some injuries can be severe and may require expensive medical procedures or surgery. If you have suffered injuries after being involved in an accident with an SUV, it is important to contact an SUV accident attorney

In this blog, we discuss the several injuries that may result from a car accident.

5 Most Common Fatal Injuries From SUV Accidents

The Most Common Car Accident Injuries

Car accident injuries can be categorized into two types.

Impact Injuries

This type of injury occurs when part of the person’s body strikes a vehicle component. For example, striking the steering wheel or dashboard or windshield in the event of a frontal collision. 

Penetrating Injuries

A penetrating injury occurs when an object penetrates the victim’s skin, resulting in a laceration or other open wound. For example, shattered glass can pierce the skin, damage muscles, and cause eye damage.

Let’s look at the most common type of injuries resulting from an SUV crash.

1. Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries are one of the most common types of injury suffered by the victims of SUV accidents. Any injury to the soft tissue is known as a soft tissue injury and may be caused by a major blow to the tissue due to a fall, kick, etc. Soft tissue injury to the body’s skin, muscles, tendons or ligaments can cause major sprains and strains to the impacted part. Soft tissue injuries include abrasions, lacerations, bruises and muscle sprains.

Check with your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruise
  • Restricted range of motion
5 Most Common Fatal Injuries From SUV Accidents

2. Chest Injury

Chest injuries from car accidents are more likely than other types of injuries to require surgery. These injuries might seem less obvious at the time of the accident and may usually show symptoms within days, weeks or even months.

These injuries happen when the chest hits some part of the car, such as the dashboard, and can range from mild bruising to severe damage (internal injuries, broken ribs, internal bleeding, etc.). Seat belts or airbags can also cause chest injuries. 

Be aware of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Pain in abdomen
  • Swelling of the legs and feet
  • Lower urine output
  • Fractured ribs
  • Sudden fluctuations in heart rate

3. Internal Injuries

Internal injuries are caused by trauma to internal organs and can occur when the human body is hit or pressed against an object. Internal injuries may lead to internal bleeding, ruptured spleen, lung trauma, brain bleeding, etc. Internal bleeding shouldn’t be taken lightly and can be fatal if the injured person does not seek immediate medical attention.

Be aware of the following symptoms:

  • The affected area turned deep purple
  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Swelling in any part of the body
  • Stomach pain
  • Headache
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizure
5 Most Common Fatal Injuries From SUV Accidents

4. Spinal Cord Injury

A collision with another vehicle or object can cause your spinal cord, the surrounding tissues, or nerve endings to be severely damaged. Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) can also lead to paralysis and decreased physical function. A complete severance of the spinal cord can be fatal. If you feel extreme pain in your back, head or neck, it may indicate a spinal cord injury that requires immediate medical attention. SCI gets severe with movements and may interfere with the ability to stand or walk. 

Other symptoms include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of bowel control
  • Numbness in hands and feet
  • Loss of balance and movement

5. Neck Injury

A heavy blow to the neck may result in strain and injuries in the neck muscle, tendon and cartilage. Symptoms include:

  • Neck stiffness and pain
  • Inflammation
  • Headache
  • Shoulder, back, or arm discomfort


If you have been involved in an SUV accident, contact an SUV accident attorney. A skilled attorney will be able to recover the rightful compensation for your medical treatment and other damages.