Despite how routine it may be for you to drive every day, it’s still incredibly dangerous. There are thousands of car accidents every day, which cause a significant amount of injuries.   They are usually due to someone else’s negligence or failure to follow traffic laws.  If the accident is serious enough, it can cause permanent damage and in some cases, even fatalities.

Follow-up care is crucial when you get in a car accident, even if you suspect that you didn’t sustain any injuries.   Often injuries aren’t apparent immediately but show up later on. Here are some of the most common car accident related injuries and what you can do to avoid them.

Brain injury

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries. Because of the force at which a person’s head slams onto the windshield or dashboard, it can cause a severe blow to the head.  As a result, the brain slams against the skull, often resulting in loss of consciousness.

Following a traumatic brain injury, a person may not realize there’s a problem initially; however, it could arise later.   This is why it’s essential for emergency follow-up care. Your brain is one of the most critical parts of your body, so if you hit your head in a car accident, make sure that you seek emergency treatment immediately.

Doctors will take a look at all of your vitals as well as determine whether your blood supply to the brain is at a healthy level.  They’ll likely perform a brain scan, and see what the total damage was. 

If you did, in fact, sustain a brain injury, it could take years to recover – possibly never.  Your best protection against a brain injury is wearing a seatbelt and practicing defensive driving.

Spinal Injuries

Because of driving at such quick acceleration then coming to a sudden halt, spinal injuries are also common.  Stopping quickly is incredibly harmful to the structure of your back. Even though your spine is designed to be flexible, this can work against you.  

Your spine can extend too far and sustain severe damage.   If you do experience back or neck pain following a car accident, you should seek treatment and may even require surgery.

Face Injuries

It’s not uncommon for people to suffer facial damage after a car accident. These types of injuries occur when the face slams against the steering wheel, windshield,  or even airbag. People may experience facial fractures and even dental injuries.

However, your best protection against facial injury is still an airbag.  Therefore, driving in a car equipped with an airbag is one of the best ways to protect yourself while driving.

Psychological Damage

Many people experience post-traumatic stress disorder following a car accident. It may be incredibly difficult for them to drive again, and they may even go into a depression.

If you find yourself feeling extreme anxiety following a car accident, you should consider talking to a professional