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What to Expect Physically After a Car Accident: Common Symptoms

A car accident is nothing short of traumatic. Are you prepared to act in the event of a crash?

While most drivers walk away unharmed, up to 50 million drivers leave with injuries.

Plus, new drivers have a 43% chance of getting into a car accident within the first year of driving.

Now that you know the data, it’s time to plan ahead. Learn what to expect physically after a car accident, so you know how to take action.

What to Expect After Impact

Car accidents range in severity. However, the first thing you’ll feel is a jolt to your body upon impact.

If you’re hit from behind, your body will be thrust forward. A vehicle can also crash into the side of your car, causing severe impact.

Even though your car has stopped after the crash, your body is still in motion. Your body will not stop moving until it hits another object, like your dashboard, for example.

However, you want to cushion the impact to prevent an injury. That’s why seat belts and airbags are essential.

After impact, your airbag should inflate to prevent your head from hitting the wheel. Another airbag will discharge to prevent your passenger from hitting their head on the dashboard.

If the accident is more severe, you may get cut with broken window glass. This is likely to happen if your car flips over during the accident.

Severe car accidents may result in broken bones, brain damage, or even death.

Here’s a closer look at the different types of car accident injuries.

Types of Car Crash Injuries

Car accidents can result in a range of injuries. They can be as minor as a headache to life-threatening internal bleeding.

Here are several more car accident injuries to know:

  • Concussions

  • Migraines

  • Minor to severe burns

  • Scrapes and bruising

  • Temporary memory loss

  • Spinal injuries

  • Broken arms and legs

  • Whiplash and neck pain

  • Injured ribs

  • Traumatic cardiac arrest

Though rare, a car accident could also lead to a coma.

A coma is a prolonged state of indefinite unconsciousness. Comas are typically caused by traumatic head injuries.

Head injuries are the most critical injuries to monitor after car crashes. A seemingly simple concussion could be more severe than you think.

Watch for symptoms like headaches, mood swings, and appetite loss. These are common signs for untreated concussions.

What to Expect Physically After a Car Accident Has Passed

Your car accident is thankfully over, but you’re not out of the woods just yet.

Some injuries appear days after a crash. This can be the case with whiplash, neck injuries, and back pain. That’s why it’s vital to see a doctor after an accident, even for a headache.

If you’re considering a personal injury case, you may want to consider seeing a car accident doctor that can bill an auto insurance company.

This article illustrates why accident doctors differ from general physicians: https://www.accidenthelpzone.com/queens-car-accident-doctors-ny/

An accident doctor will also give you the medical documentation you need to proceed with your personal injury case. This is so important when you’re not at fault in a car accident.

Expect the Unexpected

A car accident can happen when you least expect it. Know what to expect physically after a car accident so you can take appropriate action.

Need more tips to live by? Continue to prioritize your safety, health, and family with the latest lifehacks!

About RJ Frometa

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