Broken bones, also known as fractures, can occur when the force of an auto collision causes a sharp crushing or sudden breaking of a bone, such as in the wrist, arm or leg.
Broken bones that result from a car accident are diagnosed using an X-ray. Diagnosis is relatively simple because of the severe pain that often results. Symptoms of a broken bone include pain, swelling, bruising and an inability to use the affected area.
The best treatment is ice, rest and elevation of the affected area. In some cases, surgery is needed to realign the bone or repair damage to surrounding ligaments.