Emergency Care

Been in a car accident? Goshen Hospital Emergency Department can help

Car accidents account for about 10 percent of all injury-related emergency room visits. Most of these injuries are to the neck and back. Even with improvements in vehicle safety, factors such as bad weather conditions and driver error still cause a number of accidents.

After a car accident in Goshen, IN, the expert emergency team at Goshen Hospital Emergency Department provides expert care. With around-the-clock treatment, we evaluate and treat common injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents, including neck injuries, spinal injuries and fractures.

For emergency care that's tailored to your needs, visit our emergency department on High Park Avenue.

Types of injuries from car accidents

Common injuries associated with car accidents include:

  • Sprains and strains of the neck and back
  • Contusions (bruises) with the skin intact
  • Spinal injuries
  • Sprains and strains elsewhere in the body
  • Fractures to the legs, pelvis, ribs and arms
  • Open wounds

These injuries can lead to symptoms such as:

  • Stiff neck
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain including the shoulder blades, rib cage or lower back
  • Pain, swelling or bruising
  • Spine symptoms including headache or pain, numbness, or tingling in an arm, buttock, shoulder or leg

It’s best to have these symptoms evaluated after being involved in a car accident. Even if your symptoms aren’t severe, you can have internal damage that doesn’t show symptoms until after the accident.

Keeping Elkhart County safe from car accidents

Driver error accounts for 94 percent of all car accidents in the U.S. Driving while impaired, distracted driving and not wearing a seatbelt are just a few causes of car accident injuries.

To help keep the roads safe for you and other drivers:

  • Designate a sober driver if alcohol is involved.
  • Do not text and drive.
  • Do not engage in other distracting activities while driving.
  • Wear a seatbelt.
  • Use a child car booster seat for children under age 8 or those shorter than 57 inches.
  • Keep your vehicle well maintained.

Treating car accident injuries at our emergency room

Treating a car accident injury begins with knowing the extent of the injury. With portable imaging equipment, our team can assess your injury to provide the best treatment. You can rest assured that our ER has the right tools to treat your injury and relieve any pain. If you need continuous care after a car accident, our primary care Colleagues are here for all of your health concerns.

Visit Goshen Health for comprehensive treatment, including urgent care and when you need to go to the ER.

Goshen Hospital Emergency Department provides skilled care for car accident injuries in Goshen, IN.