You may have witnessed suspicious driving behavior in another vehicle before your accident occurred. This doesn’t mean you had to time to safely maneuver your vehicle to avoid a crash. Whether the car was weaving or you noticed a driver using a cell phone at the wheel, the point is that if negligence caused the crash and you suffered injury, you shouldn’t have to bear the full financial burden associated with the incident.
Motor vehicle collisions often result in multiple injuries to the same person. Georgia first responders and rescue workers hopefully helped you get medical attention as soon as possible after your accident. If you were conscious and coherent, it’s a good sign that you will be able to achieve some level of recovery. The problem is that even minor injuries can have lasting scars and emotional or physical consequences. That’s why it is also critical to know where to seek legal support, if needed.
If you suffered neck pain upon impact, chances are you suffered a spinal, neck or head injury. However, sometimes whiplash, which is a common car accident injury, does not always present symptoms right away. Maybe you were already home from the hospital when your neck started to bother you. The timing is not relevant. You’ll still want to seek immediate medical attention and inform the attending physician that you were recently in a motor vehicle collision.
Concussion is one of the most common car accident injuries. It’s understandable since the initial impact of a crash often causes blunt force trauma. Did your head hit the dashboard, side window or steering wheel? Even if an airbag deployed, it could still hit you with a strong enough force to cause a concussion. Signs of concussion include nausea, vision problems, incoherent speech, confusion or head pain.
It is possible that you suffered hairline fractures, open fractures or other bone injuries when the other driver’s vehicle slammed into yours. Even if the other car hit you from behind, you may have broken a hand, wrist or arm because of the force of impact.
In addition to musculoskeletal injuries and other physical problems, you may have suffered serious emotional trauma that is taking time to heal. It’s not uncommon to have trouble sleeping or to suffer from nightmares after a serious car accident.
Achieving as full a recovery as possible
You may need surgery, physical therapy or living assistance to help you physically recover from your injuries. The logistics that go into recovering from a car accident can be quite stressful. You may need rides to your doctor appointments and help with around-the-house mobility. You may also need someone to grocery shop, get the mail or carry out other daily functions.
Medical care is expensive, and asking loved ones and friends to help may cause you to feel badly, although they are likely happy and willing and lend a hand. If someone’s negligence caused physical injury and emotional upheaval in your life, you are entitled to seek financial recovery for your losses.