Some Injuries Take Time To Develop Symptoms
Any car accident has the potential to cause significant personal injuries. Whether you’re in a catastrophic crash or a relatively minor fender bender, the physical force of a vehicle colliding with another vehicle – or some other object – puts tremendous pressure and strain on the human body.
Unfortunately, many car accident victims fail to realize just how hurt they really are after a crash. In many cases, car accident injuries take time to develop symptoms. This is why it’s important to obtain a medical assessment as soon as possible after a motor vehicle accident. It’s also critical to monitor your health for any symptoms of injuries in the days and weeks following a collision.
The Body Protects Itself During Traumatic Events
According to scientific research, the body produces a rush of hormones and chemicals when exposed to dangerous or stressful situations. In a car accident, adrenaline and a stress hormone called noradrenaline block pain, speed up an individual’s heart rate, and make him or her more alert. Although this frequently allows people to ignore pain during and immediately after an accident, it can also cause them to not fully realize the seriousness of their injuries.
Soft Tissue Injuries Can Be Slow To Show Symptoms
Because today’s modern cars are engineered to withstand substantial impact, a vehicle involved in a collision may not always show a lot of external damage. For the person inside, however, any type of car accident can lead to serious injuries. For example, low-impact crashes, which occur at less than 15 miles per hour, frequently cause “soft tissue injuries.” The body’s soft tissues include muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. These connective and supportive tissues are susceptible to severe and long-term injuries. Soft tissue injuries include whiplash, strains, sprains, and contusions.
Brain Injuries Can Be Subtle
Many car accident victims sustain brain injuries, such as concussions and traumatic brain injuries. Any time the head strikes an object with blunt force, such as a steering wheel, side window, or dashboard, a brain injury can result. Unfortunately, brain injury symptoms can take time to manifest. Furthermore, many brain injury symptoms mimic other ailments, which can make it difficult for physicians to pinpoint an accurate diagnosis. Car accident victims should vigilantly monitor their health for signs of brain injury, which can include:
- Muddled, cloudy thoughts
- Inability to concentrate
- Tinnitus (ringing in ears)
- Sudden change in temperament, mood swings