Winter is upon us, and with the colder temperatures also comes dangerous driving conditions. As a result, there is a significant increase in car accidents and injuries. Although many injuries are immediately noticeable after a car accident, others can have delayed or hidden symptoms. Therefore, seeking medical care right away is extremely important, as well as staying alert for any new symptoms in the days and weeks following a crash. Here is a guide to the most common types of injuries that happen in winter car accidents.
Brain and head injuries are the most common types of severe trauma in winter collisions. A brain injury occurs when a sudden, violent blow or jolt to the head causes the brain to collide with the skull. In a crash, they are often caused by the head hitting the steering wheel or side window, being whipped back and forth, or by another object. Brain injuries can range from a mild concussion to severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that result in permanent cognitive impairment. In addition, car accidents may also lead to skull fractures, broken bones, or facial lacerations and bruises, potentially causing lifetime or long-lasting physical impairments.
The majority of neck and back injuries from a car accident are caused by the force of impact that creates a whipping motion. As a result, the spine suffers stress, which can cause a disc to herniate or rupture. Discs act as the cushion between vertebrae in the spine, and when one is herniated or ruptured, it can be excruciating, limit mobility, and may lead to more severe back issues in the future.
Damage to internal organs may not be immediately apparent, but it can be life-threatening if not treated quickly. Any signs of bruising or cuts on the abdomen are worth having evaluated.
Broken bones are also incredibly common after a winter collision. Depending on the break and severity, surgery may be required, and possibly hardware to help the bones heal.
In some cases, victims will suffer emotional distress months after a severe accident—for example, depression, anxiety, insomnia, terror, or PTSD. The experience can be traumatic, especially if they or someone else was seriously injured or killed.
Before you drive during winter weather, consider the following safety tips to help prevent a car accident:
If you or a loved one has been severely injured in a winter accident, contact our Houston car accident lawyer. We will help you hold the at-fault party accountable for the compensation you deserve.