When you climb into the driver’s seat of your vehicle and begin your daily commute, you likely never think about getting into an accident. Yet, driving may be the most dangerous activity you do daily. These days, it seems as if roadways in Colorado are becoming more crowded and more treacherous with each passing year.
Unfortunately, it’s a statistical fact that most drivers will be involved in motor vehicle accidents during their lives. Luckily, most of these accidents are minor fender-benders and nothing more than inconveniences. However, if you are involved in a more serious accident, you could suffer physical injuries that could affect your body’s functionality and ultimately leave you with medical expenses and lost wages. Here are some of the most common injuries seen in motor vehicle accidents.
Broken bones and fractures
Broken bones and limbs happen in a lot of motor vehicle accidents. If you suffer broken bones, you’ll likely be aware of it. In some cases, however, you may not discover you have fractured or broken a bone until you have already left the scene. Seeking medical attention as soon as possible after a crash will lead to the best results.
Concussions and brain injuries
Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries are some of the most common injuries suffered by car accident victims. You may think a slight bump to the head is no big deal, but what you believe to be a small bump could end up as a brain injury. Even mild brain injuries need medical attention, so seek medical attention if you believe you have suffered a blow to the head.
Whiplash and neck injuries
Whiplash typically happens when your neck snaps forward or backward very suddenly, and it may be the most common type of car accident injury. In whiplash, the force of the impact combined with the weight of the head causes a strain on the neck muscles. Luckily, most people who suffer whiplash recover within a few weeks. However, severe whiplash or neck injuries can take months to recover from.
Getting help in the aftermath of an accident
Motor vehicle accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, and many of these injuries may not be immediately apparent or visible. Therefore, one of the first and most important things to do if you are involved in a crash is to seek medical attention from the appropriate healthcare professionals instead of assuming you’re fine and uninjured. These types of injuries can not only cause you to incur medical expenses, but you may also miss a significant amount of time away from work, which can cause financial hardship. If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident that was attributed to the negligence of another party, you may be able to receive monetary damages to help you recover.