You take a risk every time you drive out onto the road. You never know when you may be involved in a vehicle collision. Although defensive driving can help prevent most accidents, some may be unavoidable, especially in high-speed situations or if there’s a manufacturing defect or maintenance issue with a vehicle involved. No matter how you end up there, collisions are frightening and potentially harmful.
Though you may not feel any pain in the immediate moments following an accident, the adrenaline eventually wears off and you may realize you’ve suffered an injury during the collision. If you’re in an accident, it helps to know which injuries to look out for over the next few days.
Head and Neck Injuries
When you’re in a car collision – fast or slow – the sudden force of being hit by another vehicle can cause your head to move in unnatural ways, straining the neck muscles. When the tissues of the neck are stretched suddenly in strange ways, they may tear or suffer other damage. Pain in the neck following a collision could be a symptom of a soft tissue strain like whiplash or a ligament tear.
Similarly, when the force of an impact sends your head ricocheting around the cabin, you could suffer minor to severe head injuries. Most commonly, these are closed head injuries in which the head is intact with no open wounds such as concussions or traumatic brain injuries. If your head hits the window or steering wheel, however, you may experience bruising or lacerations.
Chest injuries can range in severity from a little bruising to broken bones. Most often, it is the driver, not the passengers, who experiences chest injuries due to their seat being behind the steering wheel. The steering wheel can pose a huge risk to drivers involved in a collision, as there’s little time to prevent the body from impacting it when the force of a collision throws them forward. If the driver fails to wear a seatbelt or the airbag fails to eject, the impact of the body against the steering wheel can result in a broken rib or two.
Most bruising or minor bleeding is a result of being thrust forward against the seatbelt, which is pulling you backward, similar to a painful rug burn.
Leg and Foot Injuries
Leg and foot injuries are significantly more common in high-speed collisions or motorcycle crashes, as they often result from crushing impacts. However, a study published by the United States Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration discovered a staggering 93 percent of study participants who suffered moderate to severe leg and foot injury were actually hurt by the floor or other foot controls.
Leg and foot injuries can vary widely from sprained ankles to broken toes. Drivers or passengers who rest their legs on the dashboard or out the window are at an especially high risk of suffering a leg or foot injury or even severing a limb.
Emergency Room and Urgent Care Services at Complete Care
When you’re involved in a collision, your adrenaline takes over, allowing you to forget your aches and pains and take care of any paperwork and repairs immediately following the accident. But while you may not feel any pain today, that doesn’t mean you won’t wake up with a sore neck tomorrow. Don’t forget to care for yourself! Your health is every bit as important as calling a tow truck.
When you need emergency care services in Texas without the long waits and aloof staff you may find in other medical facilities, you need Complete Care. We offer a unique blend of emergency room and urgent care services for all your injuries and personalized, friendly service you don’t expect of a large hospital. From broken bones to sprains and splints, we’ll help you get in and out in no time. Visit us online to find the Complete Care nearest to you!