There are around 17,000 car accidents across the US every day, and it’s everyone’s worst nightmare to be involved in one, regardless of the severity. If you have been involved in a collision of any kind – and it’s the first time you’ve experienced this – you may not know what the common injuries are, and what you can do given your situation. We’ve put together this guide, so that you can spot the signs straight away and schedule a visit to a doctor to put your mind at rest. Let’s go through some common injuries, and make sure that you get safely on the road to recovery.
One of the most common complaints amongst those involved in car accidents is that they suffer from whiplash, which occurs either when a vehicle has to stop suddenly, or when somebody crashes – however lightly – into the back of your car. This can happen at speeds as low as five miles per hour, so it’s no wonder that this is so often reported. Symptoms include headaches, neck pain, and dizziness, but also extend to depression and vertigo. Whilst the symptoms mostly stop by themselves, in some cases they don’t, so it’s best to see a doctor if you think you might be affected.
Another injury that you may suffer from is a concussion, which can be a result of a jolting of the head or some form of direct head trauma. Amongst many other injuries that you can get from a car accident, concussion can take a few days to even show symptoms, so make sure that you keep an eye on any changes in your health that arise. These changes can include headaches, memory loss, dizziness and confusion, so see a health care specialist if you’re worried about any of these things.
Along with whiplash, chest injuries are some of the most common problems that arise from collisions. They can be caused by impact with a steering wheel or dashboard, and may even occur from pressure against the seatbelt, so if you have the symptoms associated with chest injuries but you don’t recall severe impact, you could still be affected. One of the main problems reported is difficulty breathing after a car accident, but you may also experience bruises, chest pain, and pain that worsens when you cough or sneeze. Again, if you think you’ve got any of these issues, it’s best to get checked out by someone and put your mind at rest.
So, whilst we all hope that it won’t happen to us, there is no sure-fire way to ensure that you won’t be caught up in some kind of accident, however minor it may be. What you can do, though, is make sure that you know the symptoms that could occur, so that you can look after yourself and others if anything does happen. If in doubt, make sure to get your injuries diagnosed properly and get yourself on the mend as soon as possible.