For drivers in Iowa, motor vehicle accidents are an unfortunate, but common, reality. Both passengers and drivers may have immediate injuries that require medical care.
These injuries may be apparent and visible from almost the moment of collision. On-site emergency personnel and doctors at the emergency room are prepared to provide instant treatment for cuts, scrapes, contusions and broken bones.
Other car crashes do not result in injuries that are immediately apparent. The people involved are filled with adrenaline, which may mask the symptoms of various injuries. Moreover, some injuries don’t have obvious symptoms until hours or even days after the motor vehicle accident.
Whether you feel like you have been hurt in a car crash or not, it is wise to get checked out by a physician within 48 hours of the accident. Certain delayed or hidden injuries may make themselves known during this time period even though they weren’t present in the immediate aftermath of the incident.
Some of the most common of these injuries occur to the neck and shoulders. During an accident, the muscles and tendons in these parts of the body may be torn, strained or stretched. Typically referred to as “whiplash,” this condition may include symptoms such as blurry vision, headaches and pain and stiffness in the neck.
Traumatic brain injuries are another too-frequent outcome of car accidents. These usually occur when the head strikes an object or receives a severe jolt. Troubles with memory and concentration, changes to vision and mobility problems all are associated with traumatic brain injuries.
Physical injuries may be the most obvious signs of having suffered a collision, but don’t overlook the psychological toll that these events can take. Depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder all may arise from a motor vehicle accident.
Herniated disks frequently bother people involved in collisions. The disks of the spinal cord are cushioned by a jelly-like substance that can rupture from excess pressure. With loss of muscle control and sensation as well as extraordinary pain, this could be a life-changing complication.