A car accident has the potential to alter the course of your life. An accident can happen in a matter of seconds, but you could struggle for a lifetime with injuries and other impacts. Certain types of car accident injuries may be relatively minor, and they could resolve on their own over time. However, there are injuries that could have a lasting impact on your life, and you may need long-term support and daily care because of your car accident.
Each person is different, and the effect of car accident injuries often depends on the location of the injury, the health of the victim at the time of the crash and other factors. The severity and extent of your injuries may not be fully apparent immediately after an accident. It is beneficial for anyone involved in an accident to seek medical help for a full evaluation and explanation of their injuries.
Physical impacts of a crash
Anyone can suffer injuries in a car accident, from the driver, passengers and others outside of a vehicle, such as pedestrians and motorcyclists. The physical impacts of a crash can range from minor scrapes and bruising, to major, life-altering injuries. Some of the most common types of car accident injuries include:
- Head and back injuries, including concussions, spinal cord injuries and facial injuries
- Neck and chest injuries, including whiplash, broken ribs or heart attack triggered by impact or stress
- Arm and leg injuries, including loss of limbs, broken bones, damage to joints or dislocation
- Soft tissue injuries, such as severe bruising, sprain and strains
- Other injuries, including mental and emotional trauma, organ damage and more
Car accident injuries typically fall into two categories — impact injuries and penetrating injuries. Penetrating injuries occur when the force of an accident causes a foreign object to enter the body of a victim. Impact injuries occur from an external force that causes internal damage.
Recovery from a car accident
Recovering from your car accident injuries could be a lengthy and arduous process. If your injuries were the result of another motorist’s negligent or reckless actions, the Texas civil justice system provides you an opportunity to seek justice and recompense through a civil claim. While this cannot reverse the trauma and suffering you are experiencing, it will provide you with the resources necessary to move forward after this traumatic event.