What happens to your body during a car wreck

On Behalf of | Nov 3, 2022 | Car Accidents |

It does not matter if you are in a major accident or a minor fender bender, it triggers your flight or fight response. Therefore, the drivers’ bodies in New York release a lot of adrenalin into the bloodstream. This adrenalin rush may cause drivers to believe that they are not injured, even if they have received severe injuries until the adrenalin starts to leave the bloodstream. Then, they may discover that they are severely injured.


In car accidents, your head continues to move forward at the speed it was moving before the accident until it meets an object that forces it to stop. For example, suppose you are going 70 miles per hour when an accident occurs. In that case, kinetic energy will continue to move your head forward at that speed until it encounters the windshield, the steering wheel or some other object, which can result in severe injuries.

Trauma to the upper body

Many types of trauma can occur to the upper body during a car wreck. The ribs may thrust forward, the collarbone may break from hitting the seatbelt too hard, and bones may break because of the dramatic force of the accident. Finally, many people experience back problems, especially disc herniation, following a car accident.

Internal organ damage

Internal damage is some of the most severe problems that can occur following a car wreck. They are why you should always check with your medical provider following an accident or go to the emergency room. Types of internal damage that can occur include brain bleeds, punctured lungs, lacerated kidneys and torn spleens.

Adrenalin can mask many types of injuries during a car accident. It can make occupants feel OK when they are severely injured.