According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of injury in the country. Most Texas car accidents are preventable, and negligent drivers are responsible for these incidents’ harmful and expensive aftermath. The CDC explains that Americans spend over 1 million days in the hospital each year from accident injuries. Further, the most recent data suggests that crash injuries totaled nearly $18 billion in lifetime medical expenses. The majority of these costs occur during the first year and a half following an accident injury. Moreover, these injuries cost approximately $33 billion in lifetime work lost.
As the data suggests, Texas car accidents can cause significant financial, medical, and emotional damages to all parties involved in the accident. People’s pain tolerance and emotional tolerance vary significantly between individuals, and while some people may immediately feel the effects of an accident, others may not. In some cases, adrenaline will prevent a person from fully realizing the impact of the accident. In those situations, a person may not fully appreciate the extent of their physical or emotional trauma until after the accident.
Some Texas car accident injuries are readily apparent at the time of the accident; however, many appear sometime after the incident. Car accident victims and their loved ones should be aware of warning signs after a collision. Some warning signs after a car accident are dizziness or nausea, confusion and disorientation, unexplained bleeding, numbness, and stiffness in the neck or other joints.
Dizziness, nausea, and headaches after a car accident are telltale signs that may point to internal bleeding or a traumatic brain injury. In many cases, these warning signs appear slowly and gradually grow over time. Similarly, confusion or disorientation could signify that the person sustained a traumatic brain injury or concussion. Unexplained bleeding in a person’s stool, urine, or nose may indicate that the individual is suffering from internal organ damage or bleeding.
Moreover, numbness or tingling in any part of the body may be a sign of internal organ or spinal cord damage. Finally, stiffness in the neck or other joints may indicate whiplash, fractures, or broken bones. Untreated injuries can lead to severe and long-lasting disability and even death. Accident victims should seek treatment after an accident, even if they believe they survived unscathed. Evidence of medical treatment is critical in pursuing damages against the culpable driver.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a Texas Car Accident?
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries or died in a Texas car accident, contact the dedicated injury lawyers at Carabin Shaw. The attorneys at our law firm have recovered over $1 billion in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Our attorneys have over 25 years of experience handling complex tort matters on behalf of injured Texans. Our firm handles Texas injury claims stemming from auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, work injuries, medical malpractice, and nursing home neglect. Contact our office for a free and confidential initial consultation at 800-862-1260. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we can recover compensation on your behalf.