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Common motor vehicle accident injuries

On Behalf of | Aug 27, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

No matter how safe a driver is in Nederland, Texas, they can still get into an accident. On top of dealing with insurance companies, they risk injury, which could keep them from working. There are several types of injuries a driver may experience, ranging from mild to severe.

Traumatic brain injury

A traumatic brain injury occurs from a blunt trauma to the head from hitting a hard surface. A common mild TBI is a concussion, which commonly causes headaches, dizziness, fatigue, ear ringing and confusion.

Concussions sometimes cause a short loss of consciousness, which should be only a few minutes, but they often still occur without losing awareness. A more serious TBI is a defuse axonal injury, which causes the brain to move inside the head.

Spinal injury

Since the spine controls several body movements, an injury from a motor vehicle accident that damages the spine can be serious. A herniated disk occurs when the spongy discs that protect the spine slip out of alignment. Some typical symptoms include pain moving from the spine to one or both legs, sciatica, spasms, numbness or weakness.

Spinal stenosis occurs when the bony spine openings constrict, which places pressure on the nerves. Spinal stenosis may cause numbness, weakness or tingling in leg or arms as well as balance issues, neck pain or back pain.

Whiplash

Whiplash is a common soft tissue injury caused by the neck violently jerking back and front, which more frequently happens in rear-end crashes. The force of the accident throws the muscles out of alignment.

While severity is based on speed, stats show that whiplash can occur at speeds of only 10 mph. Some common symptoms of whiplash include headaches, fatigue, dizziness, neck pain or stiffness, and neck pain that worsens with movement.

Some vehicle accident injuries don’t show symptoms for several days because adrenaline masks symptoms. Drivers should see a doctor immediately not only for their health but for proof to file a personal injury claim.