Car accidents are one of the most devastating experiences a person can have. Driving is dangerous; unfortunately, car accidents are common and one of the leading causes of injuries and deaths in the United States.
Some injuries are much more common than others, however, and there are body parts that are much more susceptible to injuries in car accidents. This adds concern to drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.
Severe injuries from car accidents tend to involve the brain, spinal cord, and neck. While injuries to other parts of the body are serious too, the brain and spine are incredibly delicate. The consequences of trauma in those areas can cause life-long problems, disability or death.
A person who survives a severe car accident and suffers a brain injury can lose the ability to speak, hear, think and feel. Their emotions can also be affected, and they can have PTSD, depression, anxiety and even suicide.
When it comes to the body, if a person sustains an injury to the spinal cord, neck or back, they could lose the ability to move and care for themselves. In the case of physical injuries, the more severe the accident, the more likely the injury will result in more significant damage.
Remaining alert after the accident
Most people receive medical care at the accident scene. Many go to the hospital where a doctor examines them, diagnoses or discharges them. Sometimes, a person shows no immediate symptoms and, weeks or months later, develop signs. You should take these symptoms seriously and seek medical help immediately.
Car accidents, especially those that result in severe injuries, can and unfortunately often do, result in lifelong repercussions for the individual involved in the accident. It is critical to advocate for yourself and ensure you receive the care you need.