If you’ve ever been involved in a car accident, you know what a jarring and uncomfortable experience it is. Even minor fender benders have the potential to leave accident victims with lasting consequences.
Here are five of the most common car accident injuries you should know about:
#1 – Whiplash
Whiplash occurs when your head forcefully thrusts forward, and then immediately back. Symptoms of whiplash don’t always occur right away and may take anywhere from a few hours to a week to develop.
#2 – Cuts and Scrapes
If you sustain an open wound in a car accident, no matter how minor, it’s important to have it treated right away. Failing to do so can cause an infection, which can lead to even more significant problems.
#3 – Head Injuries
Unfortunately, head injuries are very common in car accidents. Both closed and open head injuries have the potential to cause serious long-term damage, which is why it’s so important to seek immediate medical care after a collision if there’s any chance you could be hurt.
#4 – Broken Bones
Broken ribs are the most common bones broken in car accidents, although it’s possible to break other bones, too. Some of the other bones commonly broken in car accidents are:
#5 – Internal Bleeding
Internal bleeding is bleeding that happens within your body. It’s not always easy to notice or diagnose and it has the potential to cause serious lifelong harm. Here’s what to look out for:
- Significant weakness
- Low blood pressure
- Acute visual issues
- Weakness on one side of the body
- Serious headache
- Serious abdominal pain
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
Note: Not all car accident injuries present themselves right away. Some injuries take time to materialize. If you’ve been in a crash and there’s any chance you could be hurt, it’s in your best interest to seek immediate medical attention.
If you’ve been injured in a wreck, we may be able to assist you in seeking the compensation you deserve. Don’t delay—contact us right away to see if we can help.
Call Templeton Smithee Hayes Heinrich & Russell, LLP today. We represent clients in the Texas panhandle and Eastern New Mexico.