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Car Accidents: Effects and What You Can Do

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Car accidents can have traumatizing effects. No one is ever truly prepared for the physical, emotional, and financial effects of car accidents. After a car accident, recovery generally begins to take place once the crash or collision has been fully investigated, the evidence collected, police reports gathered, liability is determined, medical attention has already been sought, and any other necessary documents have been gathered.

Nevertheless, the effects of injuries sustained when a car accident happens can be long lasting and this is the reason compensation should take future suffering and expenses into consideration. In this article, we take you through the long-term physical and emotional effects of a car accident.

Important: If your insurance company doesn’t allow for the consideration and full compensation of potential future losses and long-term effects of injuries brought about by an auto accident, you should consider switching car insurance after an accident.

Common physical car accident effects

Some of the more severe and common physical injuries of a car accident include neck injuries such as disk damage, whiplash, or neck strains, head and brain trauma such as severe traumatic brain surgery, and spine or back injuries such as fractures, strains, disk injuries, or sprains.

Common physical injuries that are known to have long-term effects may usually include permanent disabilities such as paralysis, amputations, or TBI’s, which may diminish the mental capacity of a person. Some soft tissue injuries can also affect the connecting tendons and surrounding tissues, ligaments, and muscles are usually among the long-term injuries. Burns may also occur if the gas tank explodes during the accident.

Cuts are also a common effect of car accidents. During the accident, one can come into contact with sharp metal or broken glass thereby suffering deep or shallow cuts. Flying debris could also cause cuts of they hit you. Cuts should be treated as soon as possible and in a proper way.

Otherwise, they could lead to serious skin infections like cellulitis, which is an infection beneath the skin tissue.
Therefore, the best thing to do after a car accident is to determine the exact extent of the injury as well as the potential for future suffering and pain. Doing so should be a major component to recovering completely from a car accident.

The most common emotional car accident effects

An injury caused by a car accident, whether immediately apparent after the accident or not, can have long-term effects. Car injuries can be long lasting in various areas. One of those areas is those that are related to emotional or psychological trauma.

The emotional or mental injuries after an automobile accident can include anger, anxiety, mental anguish, humiliation, fear, mood swings, sexual dysfunction, sleep disturbances, lack of energy, loss of appetite, embarrassment, shock, weight fluctuations, and unsystematic episodes of crying.

If what studies indicate is anything to go by, then one-third of those people involved in a nonfatal automobile accident usually continue to have the emotional trauma mentioned above a year after or so after an accident including post-traumatic phobias, stress disorder, and depression. Therefore, recovering for the long-term mental and emotional injuries after a nonfatal motor vehicle accident should actually be calculated into the suffering and pain damages.

Financial car accident effects

Besides the physical injuries and emotional effects of a car accident, there are also financial effects. There are very many possible financial effects of a motor vehicle accident. One of them is property damage such as mechanical and cosmetic damage to the car.

The car will be repaired or replaced depending on the extent of the damage. If the cost of repairing the vehicle exceeds the car’s actual value, the insurer will definitely agree to pay the actual car value. Medical expenses are another financial effect of an auto accident.

Actually, medical treatment usually has the greatest financial effect on the victim of an auto accident and his or her family. If the victim suffers injuries that require hospitalization, surgery, ongoing attention and care, assistive devices, and medication, the medical costs can sometimes be exorbitant.

Other financial effects may include loss of income, loss of services, and living adjustments. Living adjustments could involve modification of a home to accommodate a serious physical disability. In some cases, the modification costs may be exorbitant and insurance may not actually cover all of it.

Consult with an experienced personal injury attorney

A car accident can have devastating effects on your mental and physical health, as well as on your finances. Whatever the kind of injuries sustained during an auto accident, the best thing to do is to consult with an experienced car accident attorney to discuss with you the circumstances and extent of your injury.

The attorney should be able to take into consideration the potential for future effects and losses so as to protect your interests and legal rights fully to compensation.

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1. Featured images in this article are used under creative commons license and sourced from the following websites: cygnus921 and Chad Davis.

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