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Which Type of Bone Fracture Is Most Likely to Occur in a Car Accident?

Bone fractures are a common injury in car accidents. The force of a collision can put immense pressure on accident victims’ bodies. Even minor car accidents can result in broken bones.

The type of bone fracture that is most likely to occur in a car accident depends on several factors. According to a study published in Cureus, humerus fractures are amongst the most common fractures in females in car accidents, while femur fractures are amongst the most common in males. The type of car accident and the location of impact can also determine what bones may be broken.

Common Types of Bone Fractures

The type of bone fracture most likely to occur in a car accident may depend on the accident type, the speed and position of the vehicles, and individual factors like the age and health of the car accident victim.

In general, some common types of bone fractures that may occur in car accidents include:


Broken legs may occur when the leg space provided is compacted during a car accident. Even the femur, one of the strongest bones in the body, can break due to the crash's impact.


Arm fractures may occur when people brace for impact and put their arms out in front of them during a car crash.


Rib fractures can occur in car accidents because of the impact of the seat belts and airbags.


Hip fractures may occur due to seat belts and the sitting position of the vehicle occupants.


When a vehicle passenger is not wearing a seatbelt, they can hit the windshield during a car accident. The impact can cause facial and skull fractures.


The bones in a wrist are some of the most fragile bones in the body. They are susceptible to breaking in the event of a car accident.


The back is comprised of disks that can be fractured due to the jolt of a vehicle collision.

Causes of Car Accidents

If another party’s negligence caused your car accident, they may owe you compensation for your damages.

Some causes of car accidents that may warrant a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit include:

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents. Drivers can be easily distracted by things such as texting while driving, a phone call, passengers, or eating or drinking while driving.

Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal in all 50 states. When a driver is under the influence, their response times may be decreased. Driving under the influence can also cause drivers to make irrational decisions that can cause serious injuries.


Speeding can cause car accidents and may increase the force of the collision. When a car travels faster than expected, people may think they have more time to cross the street than they do. This can result in deadly accidents.

Driving While Tired

Driving while tired can cause drivers to be slow to react to objects in their path. Fatigue can also cause a driver to cross over the road lines, colliding with another vehicle.

Other Violations of Traffic Law

From failure to yield to an illegal lane change, any violation of traffic law that causes a collision may establish liability in a car accident case.

Potentially Recoverable Damages in a Car Accident Case

Broken bones can be a costly injury. Diagnosing broken bones may require an emergency room visit and X-rays. Treating a fracture can add medical bills on top of that.

If you suffered a bone fracture during a car crash caused by another party’s negligence, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your accident-related damages. This may include:

  • Current and future medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Decreased earning capability
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering

Call the Cochran Firm - Nashville Today

If you were injured in a car accident, The Cochran Firm - Nashville may be able to represent you. As a full-service law firm, we can handle all aspects of your case while you focus on recovering from your injuries.

If you are considering taking legal action for your injuries, do not delay. Per TN Code §28-3-104, there is a general one-year deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit in Tennessee.

To learn more about your legal options in a free case review with a member of our team, call The Cochran Firm - Nashville today at 615-678-6278. If you qualify, we may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front payment required.

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