Most drivers in New York are no stranger to roadway dangers and have likely had a close call or two during their lives. As you get behind the wheel and take to the road, you have no way of knowing what you may face. You can be a defensive driver, stay focused and do everything right and still be involved in a wreck. Unfortunately, accidents can happen in the blink of an eye and completely without warning.
Although most wrecks are just fender benders, millions of people across the country are injured every year in traffic accidents. Injuries from motor vehicle accidents can range from life-threatening organ damage to relatively minor injuries like scrapes and bruises. However, some injuries are more common than others. Here are some of the most common injuries that happen in motor vehicle accidents and some symptoms you should watch for if you’re involved in an accident.
Back and head injuries
Head injuries are common in car accidents and can be very serious injuries. If you are in a high-speed collision, striking your head against the steering wheel or dashboard could cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Symptoms of brain injuries range from mild concussions to comas and sometimes cause lasting cognitive problems. Often, extensive medical treatment and long-term medical care are required after more serious brain injuries.
Back injuries are also quite common in motor vehicle accidents. If you suffer a back injury you may experience reduced feeling in your hands, arms, feet and legs. Or you could lose control of your extremities altogether. Unfortunately, serious spinal damage can leave victims permanently paralyzed.
Chest and neck injuries
If you’ve been driving for any amount of time you’ve probably heard of whiplash. Whiplash may be the most common type of injury associated with car accidents. Whiplash is caused by the sudden movement of the neck and head and usually happens if you’re in a rear-end collision. Swelling and neck pain often happen with whiplash injuries.
Blunt force trauma from a more serious crash can cause chest injuries such as broken ribs and collapsed lungs. If you’re involved in a serious crash you may also need to watch out for internal bleeding in the chest area or damage to internal organs. These types of injuries can be life-threatening and often require immediate medical attention.
The aftermath of a serious accident
If you are involved in an accident, your life could change drastically. Injuries from an unexpected crash may have you facing mounting expenses and financial hurdles that often come with extensive medical care and recovery. Also, your injuries could have an impact on your quality of life and your independence. If your injuries are the result of the negligence of another party, you have a right to pursue damages through a personal injury claim.