Regardless of the circumstances surrounding a car accident, your health should take top priority. The sooner you pinpoint your injuries, the sooner you can receive treatment. Subsequently, you’re putting yourself on the path to making a full recovery.
You can suffer many types of injuries in a car accident, with these among the most common:
- Burns and abrasions: These are most common in accidents in which you’re thrown around the cabin of your vehicle or onto the pavement. Also, in the event that your vehicle catches fire, burns are a major concern.
- Broken bones: Every bone in your body is susceptible to breaks and fractures in a motor vehicle accident. From your feet all the way up to your skull, your bones are at risk.
- Head injuries: These are among the most serious injuries, as they can impact your life now and in the future. Common types of head injuries include concussion, fractured skull and bleeding on the brain.
- Neck and back injuries: The most serious neck and back injury is a fracture, as this can result in temporary or permanent paralysis. However, there are other types of injuries that fit into this category, such as whiplash.
- Chest injuries: These often occur when your chest hits the steering wheel or from the force of the airbag deploying. Depending on the amount of force, broken bones and cardiac arrest are possible.
What about emotional distress?
In addition to physical injuries, you could experience emotional distress. For example, if you’re injured in a serious car accident, you may find it difficult to drive or even ride in a vehicle in the future. These emotional scars are extremely difficult to overcome.
What should you do?
If you suffer any type of injury in a motor vehicle accident, even a minor one, call 911 to request an ambulance. The responding paramedics can provide treatment at the scene, along with transportation to the closest hospital.
Once you understand your injuries and have a treatment strategy to follow, contact your insurance agent to file a claim. You can also use this time to learn more about your legal rights in New Jersey and how to protect them. It’s your goal to obtain compensation for your injuries and other damages.
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