Every time you share the Oklahoma roads with other drivers, you risk your life and also the lives of your passengers. A collision need not be serious to cause both physical and emotional trauma. While taking precautions will go some way in keeping you safe, the actions of other vehicle operators might threaten your safety.
If you are ever the victim of a crash, the number and type of injuries will depend on the position of each occupant of your car, whether they wore seat belts and the location and intensity of the impact. While cuts and bruises from broken glass and flying objects in the vehicle are typical, other less visible injuries can cause severe problems if they remain undiagnosed and therefore also untreated.
Injury symptoms that could remain hidden
It is never a good idea to decline a trip to the hospital for a thorough medical examination after a collision. The following injuries can have severe consequences in the days, weeks or even months following a crash:
- Internal injuries: You might be unaware of injuries to organs like your spleen, lungs, aorta, heart, liver, kidneys or bowels. Fractured ribs can cause serious damage to internal organs, and by the time you realize it, your life could be at risk.
- Injuries to joints and extremities: The impact of the collision can cause fractured bones or bruises and tears to ligaments. Other injuries include ankle sprain, torn knee menisci, Achilles tendon tear, dislocated hip or shoulder joints and more.
- Injuries to your back, neck and chest: Injuries that cause chronic pain, restrict movement and jeopardize the quality of your life include whiplash, neck strain, contusions or bruises on your chest, and back sprains or strains. In a severe case, you may suffer injuries to discs and cervical bones, fractured collarbone and even spinal column or spinal cord damage that could cause paralysis.
- Head and brain injuries: Your head is likely the most vulnerable part of your body, and injuries can include mild bruises, scars and even a fractured skull. However, even without skull damage, whiplash can damage your brain.
- Psychological trauma: Emotional stress as a result of the traumatic experience is only natural, but if you do not receive treatment or therapy, it can develop into post-traumatic stress disorder.
Will you be able to recover your financial and emotional damages?
Avoiding the high doctors' fees and other expenses can cause you to avoid a medical evaluation, but if another party caused the crash, you might have grounds to pursue financial relief. The Oklahoma civil justice system allows injured car accident victims to file lawsuits in pursuit of damage recovery. Resources like legal counsel can assist throughout ensuing legal proceedings and provide the necessary support and guidance.