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Head and back injuries are common in car accidents

Every time you get behind the wheel of your car, you take steps to prepare yourself from a safety perspective. For example, you put on your seatbelt and adjust your mirrors. You also pay close attention to everything that's going on around you.

Unfortunately, there is no level of preparation that can prepare you for a mistake made by another driver. Even if you're doing everything you can to stay safe, another person could be talking on one's cellphone or eating breakfast while driving.

Head and back injuries are common in car accidents. Furthermore, these are among the most dangerous types of injuries as well. Here are a few points of consideration:

  • Head injuries often occur during high speed collisions as the result of your head striking a window, dashboard or steering wheel
  • There is more than one type of head injury, ranging from a mild concussion to a traumatic brain injury, that causes long-term health concerns
  • Back injuries can happen in any type of motor vehicle accident, especially those in which a vehicle strikes yours from behind
  • A spinal cord injury can cause nerve damage, thus resulting in a variety of long-term medical concerns (including paralysis)

While some head and back injuries present symptoms right away, this is not always the case. For example, concussion symptoms can remain dormant for several hours or longer. Then, just when you think you're feeling better, you begin to realize that something is wrong.

Since a head and back injury can cause long-term health concerns, you don't want to hesitate to seek medical attention. Even if you feel okay after a crash, call for an ambulance and receive treatment from a professional.

Once you understand your injuries, you can then turn your attention to the cause of the accident and your legal rights. If the other party was responsible for the crash, turn your attention to what went wrong and how you can seek compensation for your injuries and other damages.

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