3 Most Common Injuries in Car Accidents
If you’ve been in a car accident, you may have sustained mild to moderate injuries and consider yourself lucky that things didn’t turn out worse. But before you put the crash in the past, where it can and should belong in due course, take a moment to reflect on how your body is feeling. Confusion, headaches, aches, and pains can all point to more serious injuries, some of which can be life-threatening. Let’s spotlight three of the most common ones.
Whiplash can kill on impact, but it can also leave drivers and passengers with neck and head pain that could be indicative of something potentially fatal. Symptoms of a severe concussion may not appear until after a few days. If you have a headache that continues to get worse, are feeling weak or numb, have problems with your speech, and/or are nauseous, then it’s time to go see your doctor. Get yourself into an emergency walk-in clinic if your doctor isn’t available, 9-1-1, or the emergency room admissions desk at the hospital if you’re particularly concerned. This is important because, with concussions, there may be a blood clot in your brain caused by the force of having your head thrown back and forth, or from hitting it against part of the car.
Broken Bones (Especially the Pelvis and Ribs)
There are many types of bones you can break during a car accident, and they’re all dangerous in their own right. Weakened bones can fracture in car accidents and the pieces that are fractured can potentially puncture nearby vital organs. There are major blood vessels and organs right next to the pelvis, for instance, that can be damaged if you’ve broken it. That aside, a broken pelvis means a long recovery time and bed rest, which can potentially lead to blood clots, infections, and pneumonia, all of which can be deadly on their own or lead to more serious complications. Shattered bits of the pelvis can also sever blood vessels and cause internal bleeding. Alternatively, broken ribs may puncture the lungs and cause them to collapse.
A chest contusion won’t break the skin, but it will break the blood vessels and tissues underneath it. This causes swelling that can become so severe that it can potentially be fatal. This is usually a direct result of pressure against the heart and lungs. Myocardial contusions can affect the heart’s ability to pump blood through the body, while pulmonary contusions affect the lungs, causing them to fill with fluids and eventually robbing the body of oxygen. Regardless, if you have chest pains following an accident, call 9-1-1 immediately.
If you’ve sustained a serious injury from a car accident, know that you don’t have to face financial ruin. We can help you navigate the legal process and get the settlement you deserve to cover medical expenses and loss of income while you recover. Contact us for more information or to book an appointment.