For generations, car manufacturers have been perfecting user safety. Originally, cars didn’t have seatbelts or airbags, so people were at the mercy of lady luck, and, as such, there were many fatal accidents. Now, cars are safer than ever, with every car installed with seatbelts and airbags, however, collision-related injuries haven’t been entirely eliminated.
If you’re in an accident, you’ll likely suffer from an injury, even if it’s just a bruise or cut. While some injuries may be minor, others can change your life dramatically. Here’s what you should know:
Some injuries focus on the spine, the central antenna for the brain, which helps send signals to the body parts and protect the body’s major internal organs. Even a minor injury to the spine can spell trouble.
Paralysis occurs when someone is unable to voluntarily move their limbs and affects the central nervous system. After an accident, victims may find they’re struggling to feel or move certain body parts, which may be a symptom of paralysis.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Some accidents aren’t physical and are instead mental. Victims of a car accident may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, a kind of physiological disability that may prevent people from performing actions they once could. In other words, someone suffering from PTSD may struggle to get into a car, drive or may even develop depression as a result of their newfound limitations.
One of the more common injuries is typically found in football players, but not exclusively. A concussion occurs when the head takes a blow or hit, causing the brain to rattle around in the head. This can cause several issues, including internal bleeding, constant migraines and memory loss.
In a serious or fatal accident, victims may lose their limbs. This could happen if a victim’s limb was punctured, crushed or severed after a collision. Leaving a limb attached may only cause difficulties and health concerns for people.
If you were recently in a car accident, you may need to know your legal rights when seeking compensation for your injuries and medical debt.