Texas is the largest state in the contiguous United States and covers a lot of ground in motor vehicles of all types. In fact, Texas has approximately 683,533 road miles, almost double that of the next state. Whether we are commuting to and from work or on a road trip with friends or family, we spend hours every week behind the wheel or in the passenger seat. Driving more often means we also have a lot of car accidents in Texas. While some roadway collisions are only minor fender benders with little to no injuries resulting, many lead to sprains, strains, pain, broken bones, and other medical problems. It’s important to know what to look for after a wreck because not all injury symptoms after a car accident are readily apparent and some don’t even manifest for days or weeks afterward.
Car accidents are sudden and unexpected, which can trigger an adrenaline-laced response meaning injury victims may not feel or sense their injuries in the time immediately following a car crash. Unless someone has a broken bone or other obvious injuries, they may not even know they’re hurt for hours, days, or even longer. Even more important is that each individual is built differently and experiences physical trauma differently, so these nuances can make it even more difficult to determine if you’re hurt and how badly. This is why it’s so important to get fully checked out by a medical professional after every roadway accident.
What To Look for After a Car Accident
While some physical and mental symptoms are apparent after an auto accident, many are not. Visible injuries to look out for right away include:
- Facial injuries
- Cuts and scrapes
- Pain in any area you’ve never felt pain before
- Broken bones
Within 24 to 48 hours after a car wreck, you may start feeling worse because of one or more of the following medical problems:
- Concussion: Headaches and changes in personality/behavior or physical functioning can signal a concussion occurred.
- Whiplash: Neck or shoulder pain, numbness in the arms or hands, and stiffness can indicate a whiplash injury, which may require diagnostic testing including x-rays, CT scans, and/or MRIs.
- Internal injury: Abdominal pain and/or swelling, as well as bruising, dizziness, and fainting can signify internal bleeding. If left undiagnosed, it can become life-threatening.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI): Memory loss, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, tinnitus, hearing loss, and severe migraine-type headaches can all indicate a head injury more severe than a concussion, including a potential TBI.
- Spinal cord injury (SCI): Severe back pain can indicate a spinal cord injury, which is among the most severe car accident injuries and cause permanent disability.
How Long Will It Take to Recover Physically?
A car accident injury victim’s prognosis and estimated recovery time will vary depending upon the severity of the injuries. This means it can take days, weeks, months, or even longer to fully heal. Some injuries may be so severe that a complete recovery is impossible. The National Center for Health Statistics reports that around three million people suffer from personal injuries as a result of automobile accidents every year. Of those, around 41,000 will die from the injuries they received in that accident. It is crucial that those injured be sure to adhere to their treating providers’ recommendations regarding medication, physical therapy, getting enough sleep, eating well, resting, reducing stress, and more. The better we care for our bodies after trauma, the sooner they can potentially recover.
While you can seek medical attention as long after a car accident as necessary, the sooner you see a doctor, the better. In addition to the obvious health benefits of immediately treating an injury, medical documentation linking your injuries to the car accident is some of the strongest evidence needed to support a personal injury claim.
Lubbock Car Accident Attorneys
Firm founder Ted Liggett has over 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer, dedicating his entire legal career to helping those who have been physically injured or suffered injustice due to the intentional actions or negligence of other individuals and corporations. He has consistently been voted Best of Lubbock’s Best Attorney, Best Law Firm, and Reader’s Choice by the Lubbock Avalanche Journal. He was selected for inclusion by his legal industry peers as a Texas Super Lawyer for Personal Injury Law, an honor that less than five percent of Texas lawyers receive. In addition, he has achieved the highest possible rating – AV Preeminent – from legal industry stalwart Martindale-Hubbell for demonstrating the highest level of professional excellence. If you get to know Ted, you will see he is a person of character, lending his time and financial support to numerous community organizations and events and his team reflects his downhome, personal style in dealing with each and every client as if they are the most important client at the firm. For more information on how you can speak with someone at Liggett Law Group for free, contact us online today.