While any area of your body can be injured if you’re involved in a car accident in Illinois, facial injuries are among the most common. Glass and other debris can cause injuries to the face as well as the impact of the face on the dashboard or other surfaces in the vehicle.
Although they might not be as prominent as those in your legs or arms, there are bones in your face that can break as a result of car accidents. Among the approximately 14 bones that could break, the lower jaw and those that make up the nose tend to be the ones that sustain the most damage. Keep in mind that an impact with a hard surface in the vehicle or the airbag can sometimes result in an increased likelihood of broken bones in the face.
Burns and cuts
If you’re involved in an accident, the potential is there for burns to occur on your face, especially from the airbag when it deploys. Sometimes, there could be a fire in the vehicle that could result in burns on your face and other areas of the body. Since the skin on your face is a bit more fragile than on other areas, burns often result in scarring that could linger for months or years. Debris that flies through the car or impacts with the airbag and other surfaces could also result in cuts and other injuries on your face. If your eyes are cut or if there are cuts on your mouth or nose, then it could lead to significant lingering impacts that can affect your vision, smell, and other senses.
Even in minor car accidents, injuries to the face can occur including broken bones and permanent deformities.