Knee Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

August 11th, 2016 by Patrick Hogan

When it comes to head-on, rear-end, and side impact car accidents, injuries to the lower limbs are quite common. 

Among them are injuries to the knee, and they may occur when the victim’s knee hits the steering column, dashboard, or other object. Types of injuries include:

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear – An ACL tear is known as one of the worst knee injuries a car accident can cause. That’s because this ligament is responsible for holding the knee joint in place, and when injured, it can cause extreme long-term pain. Symptoms aren’t always immediate, and they include a loud popping sound, pain, and swelling. 

Posterior Cruciate Ligament Tear – This is an injury to the ligament inside the knee joint. It’s less common than an ACL tear, and it happens when the anterior part of the knee sustains blunt trauma. 

Medial Collateral Ligament Injury – This is an injury to the ligament on the inner side of the knee, and it’s one of the most common knee injuries sustained in an accident. Victims feel a tearing or ripping sensation inside the knee and experience severe bruising and swelling. 

Knee Sprain and Strain – A knee sprain is classified as the rupturing, tearing, or stretching of the ligaments or joint capsule, while a strain is characterized as the severing or stretching of muscles and tendons.

Fractures – These can be open or closed, and depending on the fracture’s severity, a basic cast or surgery will likely be required.

If you sustained a knee injury in an accident caused by another driver’s negligence, please contact us to discuss your case.

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