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According to the INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard, New York City is the third-worst congested metro area in terms of auto traffic on the planet, behind only Los Angeles and Moscow. Four of the 10 most-jammed corridors in the U.S. are here, including the eastbound Cross Bronx Expressway, which sits atop the dubious list.
All that traffic means car accidents all day, every day, and these accidents often result in serious injuries. Even those that seem minor at first can turn into long-term medical problems if they are not properly treated.
If you are injured in a car collision, be sure to see a doctor as soon as possible. If someone’s negligence or recklessness caused your injury, a personal injury attorney can help you understand your options for pursuing compensation for the damages you have suffered.
Here are some of the injuries that drivers and passengers often experience in auto accidents:
When a car comes to a hard stop or turns quickly, the neck can forcefully whip in any direction, which may damage the muscles and tendons in the neck. Whiplash symptoms include mild to severe neck pain, stiffness, reduced range of motion, or worsened pain with any attempted movement. The condition often heals with time and rest, but not always.
A concussion is typically caused by a blow to the head or violent shaking of the head and upper body. This traumatic brain injury affects brain function, including concentration and memory. While you may lose consciousness when the injury occurs, some who suffer a concussion do not realize it. Concussion symptoms include headaches, head pressure, dizziness, and ringing in the ears, and they may not become noticeable until hours or even days after the accident.
The sheer force and compression of a car crash can cause bone fractures in multiple areas of the body, but the hands, arms, feet, and legs are the most at risk. The force of a rear-end collision may break the front driver’s arms, wrists, or hands while they hold the steering wheel. Broken bone symptoms include swelling, bruises, loss of mobility, and sharp pain.
These injuries impact the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves that are pulled, compressed, or bent in a car accident. They can cause as much pain and physical limitation as broken bones, and they carry many of the same symptoms, which can worsen with activity.
While physical injuries might be obvious, the emotional harm caused by traumatic auto accidents sometimes requires treatment as well. Bein involved in a collision can often cause the release and withdrawal of adrenaline, which may lead to depression or anxiety. While these symptoms usually fade, they can also lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can occur at unexpected times, such as when driving near the scene of the accident.
If you have sustained a serious car accident injury, trust Goldberg Sager & Associates and our attorneys’ more than half century of experience to serve as your advocate in your personal injury case. Contact a New York City car accident attorney at 718-514-9516 to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you receive the compensation you deserve.