Driving through the counties of western and central Pennsylvania is beautiful any time of year. Whether you have lived here all your life or transplanted here from another state, you may never tire of the changing seasons.
Unfortunately, other drivers may have less appreciation for the beauty of nature or even for the well-being of those with whom they share the road. If you have been the victim of a car accident that resulted from a careless or negligent driver, you will find that enjoying the changing seasons is not so easy from a hospital bed.
Common car accident injuries
Auto accidents often result in devastating injuries. When a driver crosses the center line, fails to stop for a traffic light or can't slow in time to avoid a collision, you may be the one to pay the price. Depending on the speed at which the other driver was traveling and the directions in which the vehicles were heading, you may suffer life-changing injuries. Some of most common car accident injuries include:
- Whiplash: This injury to your neck and back occurs from the jarring motion of the car. You may experience pain for days or weeks for minor whiplash, but some victims live the rest of their lives with residual pain.
- Fractures: These may occur anywhere in the body, from the arms and legs, to the chest, ribs and shoulders. Broken bones may require surgery, can restrict your ability to move for a considerable length of time and may even result in permanent damage.
- Spinal injuries: If you suffer injuries to your back, you may have a lifetime of pain. Spinal cord injuries, of course, may irreparably alter your life if they result in any type of paralysis.
- Internal injuries: Often, injured organs may not show symptoms immediately but a doctor may diagnose them when signs of internal bleeding are present. Damage to your organs can be catastrophic.
- Head injuries: Concussions may be mild and still cause you tremendous suffering. However, more severe brain injuries may reduce your quality of life permanently.
There is no way to measure the psychological impact a motor vehicle accident may cause. You may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder following the trauma of an accident, especially if you have suffered devastating injuries or the accident resulted in the death of a loved one. PTSD symptoms may be severe enough to paralyze you emotionally, making it difficult for you to fully participate in life.
As beautiful as this part of the country is, you may not be able to enjoy it if you are in pain or grieving the loss of someone who died in a tragic accident. Learn about your legal options so that you don't have to suffer financially as well.