Thursday, September 24, 2020
Car accidents cause damage. The most obvious and visible damage is the destruction your vehicle can take during the collision. But car accidents also cause damage to your body that may not be immediately apparent.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation reported that 278,413 car accidents occurred on New Jersey public roads in 2018. Of these accidents, a total of 61,043 resulted in injuries to one or more of the people involved in the accident. Given that there is a one in five chance that you will be injured in a car accident, it is important to understand the common types of injuries that can occur if you are involved in a collision.
A lot of force is exerted very quickly in car accidents – because two vehicles collide with each other. The direction and level of force can harm your body by twisting and bending it in such a way that it is not intended to be bent.
Soft tissue injuries
1 | Bruising / bruising
Even the smallest car accidents can cause bruises. A collision can knock you in the seat belt, which will save you from serious damage but leave you bruised for a few days. Bruises are rarely serious injuries that require medical attention and usually heal within a week or two.
2 | Whiplash
The forces at work in a car accident can cause your body to move in ways that it was not designed to move at, at speeds that it shouldn’t. If you have neck and back pain or discomfort after a collision, it is likely that you have suffered whiplash to your muscles and ligaments. These stresses can be painful and it can take several weeks to recover. However, whiplash rarely leads to permanent injury.
3 | Neck / back injuries
As with whiplash, the intense and rapid force your body experiences during a collision can cause serious damage to your body that may not be immediately apparent. It can lead to hernias or torn discs in your spine. severe injuries that are very painful and limit your mobility. If the pain persists after several days, or if you have a history of neck or back injuries or problems, see an orthopedic surgeon to determine if you may have had a herniated disc. While these injuries aren’t always permanent, they definitely take time to heal. Physiotherapy is a very important step in returning to your healthy self. Surgery is not uncommon if you’ve sustained a serious neck or back injury.
4 | Concussions
During a collision, you can easily hit your head on parts of your car and cause a concussion. You may have problems with your memories, such as: For example, if you don’t remember what you did before the collision, or if you feel that your brain is not working as fast as usual. Rapid treatment of any type of head injury is critical. The treatment not only relieves the headaches you’re likely to suffer from, but it also helps get your brain back to a healthy state.
5 | Traumatic brain injuries
These injuries can potentially have life-changing effects. Traumatic brain injury can change the way your brain works, handles information, and processes emotions. While you can recover to some degree from a brain injury, depending on the type and severity of the damage, treatment can be a lifelong process.
Mental and emotional injuries
6 | Post-traumatic stress disorder
Whenever our body is exposed to an extremely stressful situation – such as a car accident – emotional and mental states such as PTSD can occur. Symptoms include fear of driving after an accident, aversion to certain sounds or images associated with the collision, or even difficulty sleeping due to anxiety or nightmares. Treatment is your best option as psychologists and therapists can help you combat PTSD and get back to your normal life.
7 | Broken bones
The impact of a collision can cause your body to hit other parts of the vehicle, exposing your skeleton to stress that it cannot withstand. This can be done in many ways. Your arm can be trapped between your body and the door, causing a break. Or the speed at which your seat belt stops can cause you to break some of your ribs. Fractures are very common injuries and are rarely permanent or life threatening. However, some fractures may require surgery to fix the bone and place hardware to help your bones heal. Depending on the type of break, you may need a month or two of rest and recovery, but if your treatment goes well, you will likely be back to normal soon.
8 | Internal bleeding
Your organs are sensitive. The forces of a car accident can damage and bleed them. These serious injuries are very common in high-speed collisions. It is important that they are treated promptly so that they do not threaten your life.
Tips to keep in mind for car accidents:
Wear a seat belt: While this won’t prevent all injuries, wearing your seat belt will protect your body from worse damage.
Call an ambulance and go to the hospital: Treating your injuries right away is the best way to make sure you recover as quickly and as fully as possible.
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