Serious car accidents can lead to serious injuries. And if you find yourself in this position, you’re sure to have concerns about your health and the long-term effect of the accident on your future.

It’s important to understand the injuries most commonly associated with serious car accidents. This allows you to take the proper action should you find yourself in this situation. Here are some injuries that fit this mold:

·      Back and neck injuries: These are among the most serious, as some back and neck injuries can result in paralysis. For example, if you fracture your back and/or neck, permanent paralysis is a possibility.

·      Traumatic brain injury: This goes well beyond a concussion. Examples include bleeding on the brain, swelling of the brain, fluid buildup and skull fractures. Any damage to your brain can affect your entire body, such as your ability to perform basic daily functions.

·      Burns: Depending on what happens in the aftermath of the accident, fire could come into play. And if you’re unable to escape you vehicle in time, it could result in serious burns all over your body. This type of injury requires immediate medical attention, often followed by multiple surgeries. Permanent scarring is likely.

·      Broken bones: This is a common injury in all types of car accidents, especially those in the “serious” category. For example, if a commercial truck strikes your vehicle while you’re stopped at a red light, your bones are at risk of breaking.

·      Deep lacerations and road rash: Take, for instance, an accident in which you’re ejected from your vehicle. If you slide on the roadway, it will cut your skin and cause road rash.

Immediate treatment is a must

While you can assess your injuries at the scene, don’t assume that you can treat them at home. You need to call 911 to request an ambulance.

By doing this, you’ll receive the proper treatment, as well as a formal diagnosis that will help you better understand the current and long-term impact on your health.

 As you begin to recover, you can file an insurance claim and seek other ways to hold the negligent driver responsible for causing the accident and your injuries.