You may have noticed an increased amount of traffic on Pennsylvania roadways during the holiday season. This is typical in most states, as many people travel to and from parties, to go shopping and running various errands related to their family celebrations and festivities. From Thanksgiving through New Year's, you can expect traffic delays, busy roads and, at times, great risk for personal injury when negligent or reckless drivers are in your vicinity.
An otherwise uneventful trip to a local mall can turn disastrous if another driver is looking down at a cell phone instead of the road ahead and crashes into your car. No matter how safe and cautious a driver you are, another person's negligence can place you in harm's way. The aftermath of a car accident can be quite stressful, especially if you suffer one or more injuries. A strong support system can be a key factor in your recovery.
Recognize symptoms of medical problems
Even if you think you feel okay soon after surviving a car accident, the days and weeks that follow the incident are critical to determining whether you have suffered injury. The following list includes symptoms that warrant immediate medical attention:
- Headache, nausea or vomiting, and any signs of cognitive impairment may be signs of traumatic brain injury.
- Toothaches, bone or muscle soreness, or skin problems may signify that you have suffered a facial or bodily injury, perhaps due to broken slivers of glass, an airbag or other projectile objects.
- Difficulty turning your head or lingering backache may suggest an underlying spinal cord or neck injury.
- If your ribs or collarbone are giving you pain or discomfort, it may be because your seat belt or airbag caused an injury.
If you're in a car accident, you're also at risk for internal injuries, many of which may be life-threatening but not always immediately apparent. This is one of many reasons it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a collision and also in the weeks that follow, if any sign of adverse health presents itself.
In addition to medical issues
By entrusting your medical care to competent physicians, physical therapists and others who can provide proper diagnosis and treatment to help you get well, you increase your chances of achieving full recovery. Some injuries leave lasting scars or cause partial or full disability, and your focus may then be on living as high quality a life as possible in spite of your injuries.
If you determine another driver's negligence to have caused your injuries, part of your recovery process may also include seeking legal accountability against the person deemed liable.