Over 30,000 people in the United States die from car accidents each year; an additional 2.5 million people are injured. Injuries range from mild to paralyzing, depending on the severity of the crash and the position of the driver or passengers in the car. The most common car accident injuries include:
When a car suddenly stops, your body continues to move forward until it is jerked back by impact with the seatbelt or the front of your seat. This sudden movement can cause strains in the neck area, more commonly known as “whiplash.” Whiplash can cause mild pain that heals in a few weeks, but it may also cause more permanent damage to the vocal cords or spinal cord.
Herniated Disc and Back Injuries
Herniated discs (also known as slipped or ruptured discs) can occur in the neck or back. Discs are located between each vertebrae, acting as a protective cushion. The impact of a car accident can push a disc out of place. Herniated discs may put pressure on surrounding nerves. Symptoms may not appear right away. The pressure of the disc on nerves may cause pain or dullness throughout the spine, possibly extending to the limbs and causing numbness.
Car accidents also cause a variety of other back injuries, including fractures and strains. Back pain symptoms can be treated with various types of chiropractic care.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
High-impact injuries to the head and brain are very serious. Car accidents are one of the top causes of traumatic brain injuries (TBI), which lead to almost one in three injury deaths throughout the United States.
Mild and severe TBIs cause a wide array of symptoms, including headaches, memory loss, or irritability. If a loved one is involved in a car accident, they should be checked out for brain injuries. The wide array of symptoms may be mistaken for other aches and pains associated with the accident. If left unchecked, a TBI can cause long-term physical, mental, or emotional problems.
High-speed crashes often cause broken bones throughout the body. The most common bones that fracture due to a car accident include:
- Upper and lower leg
- Jaw and facial bones
- Pelvis (this is especially common in motorcycle accidents)
Not all injuries are physical or tangible. Car accidents cause a variety of mental and psychological illnesses, including depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD.) On average, studies show that 60% of people who seek mental health treatment after a car accident suffer from PTSD. Like physical brain injuries, mental illnesses that go unchecked can cause long-term damages.
Get Compensation for Your Injuries
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a car accident, taking the steps to visit a medical professional will prevent long-term injuries. Injuries that are caught and treated now will have a reduced chance of affecting you in the future.
Get a full range of medical treatment for car accident injuries with the specialists at Personal Injury Now. You may qualify to receive treatment without any out-of-pocket expenses. Contact us for more information and start feeling better today.
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