Even if you’re aware that car accidents are common, sometimes it takes concrete numbers just to demonstrate the alarming frequency of collision. According to the Texas Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Facts for 2018, there were more than 12,000 incidents involving serious injuries causing bodily harm to almost 15,000 victims. These individuals suffered significant losses, especially excruciating pain. The impact of a collision can be extremely violent, so you may wonder what happens to your body in a car accident. You can trust an Austin auto accident attorney for assistance with recovering compensation for all losses, but some answers to your questions may be useful.

How does an auto crash affect the head? 

At the moment of impact, the head will continue on its trajectory even when the vehicle stops. This means the head could be forced into another object, such as the dashboard, a window, the steering wheel, or other items. It’s also possible for another object to penetrate into the interior of the car and strike you in the head.

What may happen to my neck and spine? 

Your seat belt does protect you from being thrown throughout the interior of a car, but it can also cause strain your spinal cord. The forward and backward movement can lead to fractures to the vertebrae, or bulging or herniated discs. The extent of the damage depends on the region of the spine that’s affected. Trauma to the higher sections of the spine could lead to adverse effects from that point down.

Could I suffer injuries to the chest and other internal organs?

Blunt force or penetrating objects can lead to trauma around the torso, where the human body hosts many critical organs. Force to the lungs or heart could result in a heart attack or respiratory failure in the immediate aftermath. Other injuries to internal organs may be life-threatening.

What are some other examples of bodily injuries in a car accident? 

Bone fractures, bruises, lacerations, and abrasions are common in auto crashes. In more serious collisions, a victim could suffer amputation, burn injuries, and other complications. Some victims will sustain injuries that lead to loss of independence, leading them to rely on others for everyday tasks.

Is it true that adrenaline reduces pain?

Endorphins and adrenaline can have a markable effect on the human brain’s ability to recognize pain. You should be cautious about this phenomenon, even if you’re feeling fine in the hours and days that follow. Your injuries could be more extensive than you think, so don’t let endorphins and adrenaline interfere with seeking medical attention.

Contact an Austin Auto Accident Attorney for Help

Now that you know the physical side of what happens to your body in a car accident, it’s time to do something about your legal rights. To learn more about your options, please contact Robert Littlefield Buford III, Attorney at Law to set up a free consultation. Our team serves accident victims in Austin, TX and throughout Travis County, so we’re prepared to take on your case.