What to do if You have Broken Bones in a Car Accident?

One of the leading causes of broken bones is involvement in a car accident, simply because during any collision, your body absorbs a tremendous amount of impact. During a collision some of the most common broken bones in a car accident type are lower legs and femurs, arms and wrists, clavicles (collarbones), hips, and ribs. Common fractures include all bones listed above and the skull/ face, spine, and neck. 

The top injury attorneys at Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you have more than 15 years of experience in helping clients who need medical treatment for their broken bones in a car accident.  Our offices are conveniently located in nearby ChandlerPeoria, and North Phoenix, and we can meet in-person or over the phone or video call.  You can contact us for a free consultation, or read on to find out more.

By the way, we will also help with other problems that have cost you sleep, like getting a rental car very soon and finding a nearby doctor who can help you. Even the best legal team isn’t good enough if your quality of life isn’t sustainable while justice and compensation are on the way. The whole point of legal action is to regain quality of life, so we help you long-term as attorneys and short-term as your go-to people.

Common Causes of Fractured or Broken Bones in Car Accidents

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Because of the way your body absorbs the impact of the collision, there are many ways your bones can be broken or fractured during an accident.

  • Being thrown forward or backward in the car  
  • Hitting objects in the car with force (such as the dashboard, steering wheel, or windshield) 
  • Being thrown out of the car and the impact with the ground 
  • Compression during the collision 
  • Being hit with any external objects, such as loose items in the car 
  • Bending or twisting your limbs in abnormal or unusual ways during the crash 

How Do I Know if I Have Broken Bones?

broken bones in a car accident

After being in a car crash, you will likely know that you have a broken or fractured bone right away. One of the hallmarks of broken bones is intense amounts of pain in a localized area. Along with severe pain, here are some signs that you may have broken bones: 

  • Pain that worsens when you move or touch the area 
  • Inability to bear weight or put pressure on the area
  • Redness, swelling, bruising/ discoloration, and tenderness
  • Visible bone exposure if the bone breaks the skin
  • Visible bone deformity, such as your limb bending the wrong way 

If you are involved in a serious accident, you may have more than one break.  

How to seek Medical Attention if You Have Broken Bones in a Car Accident?

discussion of broken bones in a car accident

You should always seek medical attention after being in a collision, even if you don’t think you are injured. During a car crash, your body produces a massive surge of adrenaline which can keep you from feeling any pain or injuries you might have sustained – even serious ones like broken bones.  

If you think you have broken bones in a car accident, it’s even more important to go to a hospital because fractured or broken bones in a car accident won’t heal properly without medical intervention. The first thing your doctor will do is take an x-ray to identify the type and severity of the fracture and where it’s located. From there, they’ll determine your best treatment options.  

The average healing time for a broken bones in a car accident is 6-8 weeks, depending on the severity of the break and which bone was affected. During that time, you’ll have to limit your movement of that body part, as well as adjust to temporarily having limited mobility. You may need to take time off of work as well as get assistance with daily chores and activities because the affected bone needs to remain completely immobile and stabilized.  

Hospitals Near You

Depending on where you are in the Valley, here’s a list of some hospitals that may be close to you if you have broken bones in a car accident:


Chandler Regional Medical Center

Mercy Gilbert Medical Center 

Arizona General Medical Center 

North Phoenix 

Deer Valley Medical Center 

John C. Lincoln Medical Center 


Abrazo Peoria Emergency Center 

Abrazo Arrowhead Campus 

How Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm can Help You if You Have Broken Bones in a Car Accident?

At Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you, we have more than 15 years of experience helping clients obtain compensation for their broken bones in a car accident. When you’re ready to talk, please contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation by phone or at our Chandler office, conveniently located in your area.

If you need medical treatment for broken bones in a car accident, contact Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you in nearby Chandler, AZ to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We provide personal injury legal services to clients in your area including ChandlerGilbertMesaScottsdale, Tempe, and Peoria.