The Physical, Emotional, and Financial Effects of Car Accidents
Automobiles are made to absorb most of the energy of a crash; however, some of the force of a collision is typically transferred onto the occupants of the vehicle. Because the human body is not built to absorb the force of a wreck, drivers and passengers often suffer serious injuries, especially if a collision is a violent, high-energy crash.
Common injuries sustained in collisions include herniated discs, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, head trauma, nerve injuries, knee injuries, internal organ injuries, traumatic brain injuries and more. When victims are left with any of these injuries, they are often impacted in the following four ways:
- Physical impact. Many victims are left with a physical reminder of the crash, such as chronic pain, disabling injuries, or a physical deformity. Unfortunately, many injuries produce physical challenges including weakness, loss of coordination, or even a limp. Although some physical injuries heal over time, some people are left to deal with the physical impact of a crash for the rest of their lives.
- Lifestyle impact. People who suffer disabling injuries or brain injuries in collisions will never enjoy life as they knew it. When paralysis or loss of memory or cognitive function occurs, people will never again be able to enjoy their hobbies or do the things they once loved. Sadly, everyday life for these people will never be the same again.
- Emotional impact. Victims who sustain disabling injuries often suffer emotionally as well. Their new injuries and lifestyle changes typically lead them to feel depressed, angry, aggravated, and hopeless. It is important that people suffering the emotional effects of a crash seek professional help.
- Financial impact. When collisions cause people to suffer serious physical injuries, they are likely to suffer the long-term financial effects of such crashes. From surgery and ongoing medical care to the inability to work again and collect a paycheck, victims of serious collisions may never get out of the red on their own.
Sometimes, victims of car accidents are impacted in these ways for life, as certain injuries produce long-term effects. When this happens, victims aren’t the only ones impacted; families of victims are also impacted for life. This is why it is important that victims and their families seek justice and learn all they can about pursuing their rights to a full financial recovery. To learn more, request a free copy of our report, 10 Tips to Get the Maximum Compensation After a Maryland Auto Accident.