According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the percentage of auto accidents have increased in the last few years. Most people after a car accident will go through mental, physical and financial stress, which is why it’s important to be ready in case it happens to you! Car accidents can happen anywhere and at any time.
An auto accident, even a minor one, can cause a broad spectrum of injuries, ranging from mild to severe. In addition to cuts, bruises and broken bones there are very common car accident injuries that people can suffer during an auto accident, the most common are head, neck, back, chest injuries and whiplash that might not immediately appear, but anxiety and panic attacks are the immediate result of auto accidents.
Head injuries are common car accident injuries that may occur when the driver or passenger’s head hits the side window, roof, steering wheel, dashboard or windshield. While some head injuries are minor, no head injury should ever be dismissed.
Whiplash occurs when the driver in the vehicle is hit from behind. Whiplash may result in chronic pain and joint dysfunction. Common symptoms of whiplash include neck stiffness, pain and headaches. Pain from whiplash might not be felt until the following day or two after the accident, most whiplash sufferers feel better in a few weeks, but the pain can persist for several months or even years in severe cases.
Back injuries, the spine is a sensitive part of the body and it is easily injured by impact and trauma. Spinal cord and other back injuries are common after a serious car accident, back injuries are not always obvious so it is essential to receive thorough medical evaluation.
Neck injuries, neck pain or limited head and neck movement from the car accident may be temporary or permanent, however strong neck pain can be a sign of serious injuries such as whiplash.
Chest injuries, contusions, broken bones and bruises are common injuries that affect the chest area.
Psychological injuries, like physical injuries psychological injuries are common after a car accident. Accident victims may develop an aversion to or phobia of driving, others may experience deep depression, especially if other passengers suffered injuries or death.
Furthermore simple and compound bone fractures are other common car accident injuries, simple bone fractures occur without open wounds, while compound fractures are those where bones penetrate through the skin. Simple and compound fractures are very painful at first and will require to evaluate, diagnose and treat properly.
If you have suffered an injury in a car accident, then be financially and psychologically prepared is essential, accident injuries tend to get worse over a few days so your medical team can monitor symptoms and will be ready to help you if your condition worsens.