The forces involved in a car collision, even at relatively low speeds, can be sufficient to injure the wrist. Here are some common ways wrist injuries can occur in a car accident:
- Bracing for impact: Instinctively, drivers and passengers often brace themselves against the steering wheel, dashboard, or seat in front of them during a collision. This action can place significant strain on the wrists.
- Direct impact: The wrist can be injured by direct impact with parts of the car’s interior, such as the dashboard, door, or window.
- Airbag deployment: Airbags deploy with considerable force and speed, which can cause wrist injuries, especially if the hands are close to the airbag when it inflates.
- Twisting or jerking motions: The sudden, violent motions of a car crash can cause the wrist to twist or jerk unnaturally, leading to sprains, strains, or even fractures.
- Secondary impact: Items inside the car, like mobile phones or purses, can become airborne during a crash and strike the wrist, causing injury.
- Roll-over accidents: In roll-over accidents, the hands and wrists can be injured while trying to protect the head or during ejection from the vehicle.
- Crush injuries: In severe collisions, especially in smaller vehicles, the car's structure can crumple, potentially leading to crush injuries of the wrist.