An unexpected accident can happen to anyone. You could be the most cautious driver and still end up in a crash. Some injures are very common for car accidents, no matter how light or severe they are.
It is essential that when you get injured in such circumstances to seek medical help immediately and contact a skilled North Carolina personal injury attorney or car accident attorney.
Here are the most common types of car accident injuries and what you can do to avoid them.
Traumatic brain injuries and other brain injuries are the harshest ones that could last for a long time. If you don’t get proper treatment, traumatic brain injuries can cause long-term problems with brain function. These injuries are followed by headaches, memory loss, and sleeping difficulties. Sometimes it may be difficult to diagnose a brain injury; never avoid a medical examination and proper medical care.
Scrapes and cuts
People can get cuts from the crash of their car with another vehicle, or because of loose projectiles like phones or keys. Scrapes and cuts are painful and could be a risk for infections and other complications.
Broken bones and ribs
Broken legs, arms, hips, and shoulders are common in car accidents. The impact puts a large force on your body that could lead to painful fractures. Broken bones happen often in read-end or side-impact collisions.
Ribs tend to break easily. In fact, even in lighter impacts, people end up with broken ribs. People get broken ribs in crashes when they are pushed forwards, backward, or sideways. Broken ribs are quite a painful injury and require longer periods of rest.
Internal bleeding happens often and can be dangerous especially if the victim does not get immediate treatment after the crash. This is why you must seek medical attention immediately, even if you seem well. A medical examination is the best way to check for internal bleeding. Never avoid medical examination even if you feel well or don’t have visible injuries after the crash.
The knees are exposed to sudden impacts and tend to hit the dashboard. Knee trauma causes immense pain to your kneecap and ligaments. Injured knees need braces, surgery to rebuild the knee and fix the damage, and afterward, the victim would need crutches.
Such injuries are quite painful, and the recovery would take longer. This is mainly because when the victim tries to walk, they put their entire body weight on these body parts. Kee trauma takes a longer recovery.
Car accident victims often suffer from a herniated disc. A herniated disc happens when one or more vertebrae in your spine fracture or move out of place. This is especially painful and complicated and requires medical treatments and long recovery and it is not excluded that the victim would have issues in the future.
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Let’s not forget about post-traumatic stress disorder. We are always focused on the physical injures, that we somehow forget about the psychological health of the victim. Mental and emotional injuries often occur after a car accident. Post-traumatic stress disorder is very possible and common and could affect the quality of life of the individual. These injuries are not tangible and are more complex than the physical ones, so your attorney will not forget to point this out when you seek your settlement.
How to avoid car accident injuries?
The easiest answer is to be careful on the road, but even then you don’t have control over other drivers. No matter how good and careful of a driver you are, you could still end up in an accident and end up with injuries.
Always wear your seatbelt, and never go above the speed limit. Forget about drugs and alcohol when you are driving.
Check your vehicle and if everything is in order (breaks, tires, wheel).
Avoid driving and checking your phone; most accidents today happen because of distracted drivers who tend to text or talk on their phones.
Have your eyes on the road, not only for other vehicles, but also for road hazards such as road bumps, animals, debris, wet surface, and so on.
Finally, if you ever get in an accident, always get medical help for yourself and everyone else involved in the crash.
Seeking justice can be a complex process that is best done with the assistance of a skilled lawyer.
Our team at Harman Law is here for you; call us today.