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What common types of car accident injuries are you at risk for?

Living in Florida means there is no shortage of motorists on the streets, especially during the summer. More drivers also mean that there is a higher risk of car accidents. It may seem that the risk of injury is lower for minor fender benders. But there are many factors that determine whether or not a person sustains injuries in a motor vehicle accident. You cannot judge the scene of an accident or the amount of property damage to know what kind of car accident injuries a person may have. 

Learn about the common types of injuries that occur in car accidents so you know what kind of impact they can have on your life. 

Emotional trauma 

The frightening nature of car accidents can leave victims emotionally scarred and traumatized. Some people may experience short- or long-term memory loss, anxiety and feelings of heightened stress, which can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder in some cases. 

Brain and spinal cord injuries 

The force of impact can cause motor vehicle victims to hit their heads on the steering wheel, window, headrest or windshield of their vehicles, leading to concussions, brain contusions and traumatic brain injuries. The jerking motion from collisions can cause the ligaments, muscles and nerves in the necks and spinal columns of victims to become damaged. Brain and spinal cord injuries can lead to lifelong health complications and death. 

The next steps

Car accidents can change your life in mere moments. In the blink of an eye, you could lose the freedom to live the life you used to because you are trying to recover from your injuries. Some car accident injuries, such as brain injuries, do not show up right away. Some wounds can take up to several hours or a few days to show up. If you are in a car accident, it is important for you to get medical attention regardless of how fine you may feel. Then speak to a personal injury attorney right away, because waiting can affect how much compensation you receive.

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