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Your face is an important part of you. After all, when you meet new people, engage with your partner or comb your hair, your face takes center stage. Unfortunately, if you sustain a facial injury in an automobile collision, your life may never be the same again.

In 2017, there were nearly 137,000 automobile collisions on Kentucky’s roadways. Of those, more than 23,000 resulted in an injury to a driver, passenger, pedestrian or someone else. While you likely know about whiplash, brain injuries, broken limbs and other common crash injuries, you may not realize that your face is vulnerable to serious harm during a collision. Here are three types of facial injuries you may sustain during a car crash:

1. Fractures 

There are fourteen bones in your face. If you have an automobile collision, you may hit your face on the steering wheel, airbag or something else. Of course, hard impacts may cause the bones in your face to crack or shatter. Because your facial bones provide the structure for the soft tissues of your face, broken bones may alter your appearance forever. They may also cause you to experience excruciating pain.

2. Lacerations 

Cuts often require stitches to heal. Unfortunately, even skilled doctors are not always able to fully address facial cuts without leaving a scar. As such, not only must you have to deal with the physical pain that comes from a facial gash, but you also may experience emotional trauma from a laceration on your face.

3. Bruising 

Some individuals bruise easier than others. During a collision, though, you may smash your face into a stationary object, causing damage to muscle tissue under your skin. While you may have had several bruises in your life, you cannot take facial bruising lightly. Often, bruises are a sign of something more serious. Even worse, facial bruising does not always eventually disappear. If you have a contusion from a car crash, you may have discoloration for the rest of your life. 

There is nothing wrong with always wanting to put your best face forward. If a negligent driver injures you in an automobile crash, though, doing so may become virtually impossible. Accordingly, you must act diligently to ensure you recover as completely as possible from your injuries.