There is no way of knowing what will happen if you are involved in a car accident, which is why you should do whatever you can to remain safe every time you get behind the wheel.
Any type of injury, even one that appears minor on the surface, calls for evaluation by a medical professional.
By understanding the most common car accident injuries, you’ll find it easier to identify any injuries that you might suffer in a collision with another vehicle.
Brain and head injuries
These are among the most serious car accident injuries, as they can change your life forever. For example, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can leave you unconscious at the scene of an accident. This calls for immediate medical attention, as the sooner you receive treatment the greater chance there is of making a full recovery.
It’s important to remember that some brain and head injuries don’t always present symptoms right away. For example, bleeding on the brain can be a life-threatening consequence of a TBI. Yet, it doesn’t always reveal itself immediately after an impact.
Neck and back injuries
Just as with brain and head injuries, some injuries to the back and neck are also life-altering. For instance, a broken back or neck can result in permanent paralysis and life-long disability.
There are many types of neck and back injuries, ranging from soft tissue injuries to herniated disks.
If you suspect a neck or back injury, it’s important that you don’t attempt to move. Instead, call for help and wait for an first responders to arrive. Stabilization is key, as moving after a back or neck injury can lead to additional damage.
You can break any bone in your body during a car accident, so you need to closely examine yourself as quickly as possible.
Some broken bones are difficult to diagnose on your own, such as skull fractures. Others, such as a broken leg or arm, are easier to diagnose. You may see bruising, swelling and/or a protruding bone.
These are not the only types of injuries that can result from motor vehicle accidents, but they are among the most common and serious.
Your health should remain your top priority, but once you are stable don’t hesitate to learn more about the accident. Also, after you have thoroughly reviewed your policy, contact your insurance company and do whatever it takes to better understand the steps you can take to protect your legal rights.