Following a motor vehicle accident, some sort of physical injury will likely be involved. This goes for the at-fault driver, his or her passengers, and the victims in the other car (or even pedestrians on the side of the road). It would be wise to know what to expect to happen to your body after any type of car accident.
What Are Some Common Injuries in Less Dangerous Car Accidents?
The severity of a motor vehicle accident can range from a mild fender bender to a head-on collision at speeds of 75 mph or more. Some people might be led to believe that there can be no physical injuries involved in less serious car accidents. Those people would be mistaken.
Injuries can occur in all kinds of motor vehicle collisions. The less dangerous and low-impact crashes just allow for a smaller chance of injury and less severity in their injuries. There is a very small likelihood of sustaining a traumatic brain injury from hitting a car while backing out of a parking spot.
However, this does not mean that it is impossible for it to occur. Some of the most common injuries and symptoms of those injuries to come about during a less severe car crash include:
- Blurry vision
- Ringing in your ears
- Neck or shoulder tension
It is still wise to speak with a doctor about your infliction even though you might have sustained these injuries in a low-impact car accident. It never hurts to ask for help, but it can hurt for injuries to go untreated.
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What Are Some Common Injuries in More Dangerous Car Accidents?
It is not hard to imagine that the more dangerous the car accident is, the more likely you can get injured and/or killed. More serious motor vehicle accidents also have more severe types of physical injuries. Car accidents become more dangerous and high-risk depending on a number of factors.
Some of these factors include:
- What types of vehicles were involved
- How many vehicles were involved
- How fast were the vehicles going
- Where were the vehicles hit
It is almost certain that you will sustain some kind of injury following a high-risk accident like a head-on collision at a fast speed. Some of the common severe injuries that are involved with more dangerous motor vehicle crashes include:
- Bone fractures
- Soft-tissue injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Internal bleeding
- Traumatic brain injuries
It is not guaranteed that you will be seriously injured from a high-risk car accident. However, your chances for serious injury are undeniably higher than compared to a low-impact accident. No matter what, it is still a good idea to seek out medical attention following any kind of motor vehicle collision.
Should I Seek Out Medical Attention Following a Car Crash?
It is crucial that you seek out medical help immediately following the motor vehicle accident. There is no reason not to talk with paramedics and other medical personnel, even if you believe that you are perfectly fine.
A powerful rush of adrenaline is pumped through your body during a car crash. This allows an individual’s pain threshold to be heightened, allowing them to not feel the pain from an injury until hours or days later. This is yet another reason why it is of the utmost importance to sit down with a medical professional and let them examine you thoroughly.
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What Is the Treatment for Injuries Following a Car Crash?
Treatment for your car accident-related injuries will vary depending on what the injury is. Some injuries will only take a few days to recover from. This includes standard bruising, cuts, swelling, and concussions. It would still be wise to have a doctor examine you, despite the fact that you only have minor injuries.
Other physical injuries can take weeks, months, and years to recover from. This includes whiplash, bone fractures, lacerations, and soft-tissue injuries. Some injuries you can never fully recover from, like burns, loss of limbs, paralysis, and traumatic brain injuries.
Medical treatment for your injuries can come in the form of prescription drugs (like painkillers), physical therapy, wearing a cast or brace, and/or even surgery.
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What About Mental and Emotional Wounds?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in the latest year of reporting, there were approximately 7,500 Americans injured in car accidents every day, on average. This illustrates how prevalent physical injuries are following a motor vehicle accident. However, there is no good way to measure the amount of stress and trauma that is involved with experiencing a car accident.
Even a mild, low-impact car accident can cause you to have unnecessary stress in your life. Some of the most common mental and emotional wounds from a car crash include:
- Mood swings
- Bouts of anger
- Loss of interest in usual activities
- Trauma (such as PTSD)
These emotional wounds might make you feel like you are all alone in the world and that there is nowhere to turn to for help. It is important to remember that what you are feeling is very common and perfectly normal. This mental anguish can stem from a handful of different factors. Like dealing with a physical injury, fighting with your insurance company, stressing over how you are going to pay medical bills, worrying about the damages to your car, missing out on pay from work, and having to possibly go to court for the car accident lawsuit.
Car accidents can have a lasting impact on their victims’ bodies and minds. It is as equally important to visit with a medical professional about your mental and emotional injuries as it would be with physical ones.
Should I Hire a Lawyer for My Car Accident-Related Injuries?
Yes, it is never a bad idea to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer after sustaining physical injuries from a motor vehicle accident. This is where Barrios Virguez can help return your life back to normal. We have a talented team of personal injury lawyers who have recovered over a million dollars for our clients.
We intend to negotiate with your insurance company to ensure that you are receiving the appropriate amount of payments, holding the at-fault driver accountable for their reckless actions, and securing a financial compensation package for your injuries and damages. Consult a Barrios Virguez personal injury attorney today and receive a free case evaluation.