Even a minor accident can have severe consequences
Navigating the busy roads in Texas is a challenge for any driver. Even car accidents that seem minor can have severe consequences. You might find yourself without visible broken bones and no open wounds, but with significant mental distress.
The types and severity of car accidents usually depend on various factors. These include the intensity of the collision, where each person sat, whether you wore your seat belt and the location of the impact on your car.
Most common serious injuries
Upon impact, small, loose lying objects in the car can strike you, and broken pieces of glass might cause minor cuts. Such injuries are sometimes more apparent than other, more severe injuries. You should never decline a trip to the hospital after a vehicle accident. Some orthopedic and internal injuries might go unnoticed for days or even weeks.
Back, neck and chest injuries
These upper body injuries are common in crash victims, typically more severe if you were a front seat passenger:
- Milder injuries include contusions and bruises to the chest.
- Neck and back strains and sprains can range from mild to severe.
- Whiplash injuries often stay hidden for a while and then leave you with long-term, chronic pain.
- Other grave injuries that could jeopardize your quality of life include damage to the cervical bones and discs, spinal disc damage, and spine fractures that can leave you paralyzed if damage to your spinal cord occurred.
- Fractures could include ribs, collarbone and shoulder dislocations.
Most of these can restrict your movement if left without prompt medical treatment.
Head and brain injuries
Head injuries are the most common car accident injuries. Note the following head injury facts:
- Without any external injuries or puncture wounds to the skull, the impact of your brain smashing into the walls of the skull due to the force of the collisions can cause severe brain trauma.
- Your brain could swell or bleed without any outward signs, and severe physical damage can follow.
- Head injuries can cause nerve damage, and depending on the part of the brain where the damage occurred, permanent hearing or vision loss can follow.
The list of consequences of head and brain injuries is endless, and a thorough medical evaluation is crucial
Internal organ injuries
These injuries can also go unnoticed, often only becoming evident when they are life threatening:
- Fractured ribs can cause severe damage if they puncture organs in the chest.
- Internal organ damage that remains hidden could include the spleen, heart, aorta, lungs, liver, kidneys and bowels.
Large areas of dark purple bruising can indicate internal bleeding.
Joint and extremity injuries
The following crushing and impact injuries to joints and extremities are common in car accidents:
- Tears, sprains and strains to muscles and ligaments can range from mild to severe.
- Hyper flexing or forceful twisting of the knee joint can tear the knee meniscus.
- An Achilles tendon rupture can occur if the tendon at the back of your lower leg stretches beyond its capacity, causing a complete or partial tear.
- Other extremity injuries include ankle sprains, fractured arms and legs, dislocated or fractured hips and shoulders.
Some of these injuries can cause long-term pain and discomfort.
Emotional distress can be severe, especially if your accident involved loss of lives or severe injuries to you or your passengers. Be aware that leaving emotional wounds untreated can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder.
The financial consequences
How will you cope with medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses after a serious car accident? The civil justice system of Texas allows you to pursue a claim for financial relief if another party’s negligence caused your injuries and emotional damages. An experienced personal injury attorney can advocate for you and provide the necessary support and guidance throughout the ensuing legal proceedings.