Accidents occur for many reasons, some beyond our control. If you live in Texas or anywhere else in the country, it is important to know the common types of injury that could occur so as to take the appropriate measures to prevent fatal accidents.
Whiplash is caused when your head is suddenly jerked forward and then backward, causing your neck muscles and ligaments to stretch beyond their capacity. The trauma from this injury can lead to long-term neck pain and discomfort.
Broken bones are especially common in high-speed collisions. The force of the impact can cause your bones to snap or shatter, resulting in severe pain and disability. In some cases, broken bones can puncture organs or sever arteries, which can be life-threatening.
Spinal cord injuries
The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs down your back and controls your movement and sensation. A spine injury can range from a mild sprain to a complete fracture of the vertebrae, depending on the severity of the accident. Spinal cord injuries often result in paralysis below the injury site, which can be permanent.
Traumatic brain injuries
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an object hits your head, or you experience a sudden jolt or blow to the head. This can cause your brain to swell, bleed, or become damaged in other ways. TBIs can range from mild concussions to more serious injuries that can result in long-term disability or even death.
What to do in the event of an accident
Motor vehicle accidents can be devastating. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, it is important to seek medical attention immediately, even if you don’t think you are injured. Some injuries, such as whiplash, may not be immediately apparent. Afterward, you can file for compensation from your insurance company or the at-fault driver’s insurance company to help cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
You should know that you only have two years to make a claim against the at-fault driver. If this time expires, the court is highly likely to dismiss your case unless there is a very good reason for the delay.