The fear of dying in a car accident is very real. If you worry about this possibility, you are not alone. Hundreds of people die on Maryland roads each year, so it is a reasonable concern and one that should impress upon drivers the need for caution and care.
However, in addition to the tragedy of fatal accidents, thousands of other accident victims suffer serious injuries that radically change the course and quality of their lives. You may be fortunate to escape a motor vehicle accident with some bumps and bruises, but certain injuries can mean you will be facing years of expensive medical care and perhaps adjusting to a life of pain and struggle.
Common accident injuries
Many factors can contribute to the types of injuries you may suffer in a traffic accident. Your position in the vehicle, the speed of the vehicles involved and the direction of the impact to your vehicle all play a role. Other factors, such as the size of the other vehicle, along with whether you were wearing your seatbelt, can increase or decrease your chances of injury. The most common injuries emergency room doctors see after a car crash include the following:
- Broken, crushed or displaced bones
- Neck and back injuries, from whiplash to spinal cord injuries
- Chest and torso trauma, which can cause damage to the heart or lungs, especially from broken ribs puncturing delicate organs
- Internal injuries, which can be fatal especially since they are not always immediately recognizable
- Head and brain injury, which can range from a concussion to a traumatic injury that leaves you permanently disabled
Chances are that your injuries will not include only one of these areas. A high-speed collision or one involving a tractor-trailer, for example, may leave you with multiple injuries, each equally as dangerous to your life and future. Even if you feel fine, it is critical that you allow a medical professional to examine you for hidden injuries.
The injuries you suffer in a serious motor vehicle accident may not be limited to your body. In fact, it is quite common for accident victims to struggle afterward mentally and emotionally, especially those with catastrophic injuries or those who witness a loved one's death in the accident. If you decide to seek legal assistance in the pursuit of financial compensation for your injuries, do not overlook the value of your psychological wellbeing.