What Happens to Your Body After a Car Accident?
Car accidents can have significant effects on a person’s body. Some are obvious, while others may be subtle. Insurance companies often try to reduce compensation by arguing that victims have suffered only minor injuries. This is why you need an experienced accident lawyer by your side when you pursue a car accident claim. The lawyer will look at the true nature and full extent of the injuries you have suffered and fight for all compensation that you are due.
Common Injuries in Car Crashes
The types of injuries that people suffer often depends on the type of collision. In a head-on crash, for instance, the vehicle stops while occupants of the vehicle continue in the same direction they were traveling. This can result in devastating harm. In other types of accidents, your body can shift and toss about violently, sometimes striking hard surfaces within the vehicle. As a result, you may suffer significant injury to your muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues. Even without obvious fractures or readily visible wounds, connective tissue injuries (sometimes called soft tissue injuries) can be very painful.
Some injuries can take weeks to begin showing symptoms. Inflammation, swelling and internal bruising may lead to extreme pain and suffering, and in some cases, require extensive diagnostic tests to clearly identify the root of the pain.
Some of the most common accidents – and the injuries which typically result from them – include:
- Rear-end collisions – Distractions and careless driving often cause these crashes. These types of accidents tend to result in whiplash injuries. This injury occurs when a person’s head shakes back and forth in a sudden, violent motion. The motion pulls and tears muscle tissue in the neck and upper back. In especially serious rear-end crashes, head injuries and traumatic brain injuries can also occur.
- Side-impact collisions – These crashes often happen when drivers ignore or fail to observe traffic signals and stop signs. These crashes can occur at high speeds, and the sides of most cars provide little protection. As a result, side-impact accidents can cause crushing injuries, lacerations, glass-related injuries and serious fractures.
- Rollover crashes – When vehicles collide at odd angles or in turns or curves, cars can roll over, resulting in collapsed roofs and people getting trapped inside of a vehicle. Blood loss, crushing injuries, spinal cord injury and serious head traumas can result.
- Head-on crashes – These types of crashes can be the most serious. Wrong way drivers can cause catastrophic injuries and even fatalities when they strike other vehicles head-on.
It’s important to note that, when the brain shakes about inside the skull in an auto accident, it can cause a number of injuries such as a concussion or a more severe form of traumatic brain injury causes a coma or even death.
Even in low-impact crashes, the brain can suffer physical injuries that are only detectable on an MRI or CT scan. For this reason, it’s crucial to get emergency medical attention immediately after your crash, even if you don’t think you are hurt. Brain injuries can have lasting and permanent effects on you for years to come. So, the earlier you can identify your injuries, the better your chances of getting the treatment you need.
Help After a Binghamton Accident
If you have suffered injuries from an accident in the Binghamton area, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney today. We will carefully assess your injuries and help you get the care and treatment you need. Don’t suffer alone and worry about unpaid medical bills, lost income and other losses. Get an aggressive trial lawyer on your side and let us help you to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact the office today for a free consultation.