It is a common instinct among those who get into a major motor vehicle collision to quickly inspect themselves and the other occupants of their vehicle in the moments after the crash. Unfortunately, a cursory inspection immediately after a collision won’t necessarily give you the full story.
Some of the most dangerous injuries that you can suffer in a crash won’t necessarily the obvious immediately after. These so-called invisible injuries including traumatic brain injuries and internal bleeding, and they are one reason why it is important to get a medical evaluation after a car crash, even if you don’t have obvious injuries.
Brain injuries can take days or longer to produce symptoms
Traumatic brain injuries can be among the most catastrophic and life-altering injuries a person can suffer in a collision. The symptoms such an injury produces can range from confusion and changes in personality to issues with motor function and balance.
Given that the symptoms can vary so drastically from case to case, it is ideal to have a physician evaluate you for signs of concussion or brain injury after a crash, even if you haven’t presented symptoms. Continue to monitor yourself and anyone else from the crash for several days, if not weeks, in case of the sudden development of new symptoms.
Internal bleeding might start out as nothing more than a pain in your stomach
When you suffer severe blunt-force trauma, you could wind up losing blood and not realize that it’s happening. Injuries inside your body and damaged veins and arteries, leading to the loss of blood and possibly the pooling of blood in your body cavities. Signs of internal bleeding include pain in the abdomen, bruising, numbness and even difficulty breathing due to the accumulation of blood.