Every year, thousands of people are injured in car crashes. While some injuries are minor, others can be life-threatening or even fatal. Some may even take a few days to manifest.
Whether you’ve been in a minor fender bender or a serious collision, it’s important to be aware of the potential risks and seek medical attention if necessary.
Even low-speed collisions can have serious consequences
There are several types of car crash injuries, depending on the speed and type of vehicle involved. However, some are more common than others.
Whiplash is a type of injury caused by hyperextension or hyperflexion of the neck, often the result of a car accident. The force of the impact can cause damage to the muscles and ligaments of the neck, leading to pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders, tinnitus, vertigo and headaches. While it often occurs in high-speed collisions and involves severe damage to both vehicles, whiplash can also be caused by low-speed impacts.
Head injuries are also common in car accidents. They can range from concussions to more severe and long-term brain damage, often requiring intensive treatment or therapy. Depending on the severity of the injury, most people will experience a range of symptoms, such as dizziness, nausea, confusion, and even memory loss or personality changes.
Car accidents can also result in broken bones, especially in a high-speed collision, as bone density cannot resist the force generated by rapid acceleration. In some cases, fractures are minor, but for those who experience severe fractures due to a car accident, recovery may take a long time and even include physical therapy.
If you have been seriously injured in a car accident, you may be looking at months of recovery. You are probably worried about wage loss and ever-growing medical expenses. Therefore, it’s important to receive compensation for your injuries. Having the money available to support your family and pay your bills will allow you to stress less about finances and focus more on your recovery.