When two or more vehicles collide, the chance that an occupant suffers an injury is extremely high. Even with today’s sophisticated technology that helps motorists avoid accidents and if a crash is unavoidable, helps cushion the impact. Seatbelts, airbags, crumple zones, autonomous driving capabilities, and collision warning systems are the automaker’s best guess as to what might happen in a motor vehicle collision and how to protect the vehicle’s occupants. Despite these futuristic safety advances, people continue to suffer serious injuries or die in car accidents.
The symptoms of a serious injury may not surface immediately after an accident. The adrenaline rush an auto accident victim experiences might delay the onset of pain from an injury like whiplash, broken ribs, sternum fracture, broken clavicle, broken ankle, or broken fingers. The adrenaline masks the sensation of pain for a while, but after the victim calms down, then the victim will experience pain associated with the injury. An accident victim must seek out expert medical attention when that happens. Allowing the pain to linger could cause further damage, and you could experience prolonged pain. Additionally, you might need x-rays, MRI, or CT-Scan interpreted by a radiologist to diagnose you with an injury that occurred because of the accident.
Many other car accident injuries require emergency medical treatment. Traumatic head injuries, lacerations, compound fractures, displaced fractures of the extremities, loss of consciousness, amputation, or extreme pain will require emergent medical care. The signs of physical injury will be apparent, and an adrenaline rush the victim experiences might soothe the pain a little but will not mask it.
The inability to move will also trigger an emergency response from first responders. The inability to move will signal to the medics that you might have sustained a spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, broken neck, or fractured vertebrae.
Unfortunately, many accidents result in death despite first responders’ most valiant efforts.