When you get rear-ended, it can be a disorienting experience. At the time of the incident, you may not be able to think clearly. However, it is still vital for you to take certain steps in the aftermath of the crash.
You may feel sore a day or two after a minor car accident. "It is just whiplash, give it a few days and you will feel better," is the advice you may receive from friends and co-workers. However, at the Law Offices of Brian R. Whitehead, PC, we understand that not only is whiplash painful, it can also signal a serious injury. You and other Oregon residents may want to learn more about this common and frequently excruciating injury.
Whether someone hears their favorite song on the radio or enjoys listening to a particular soundtrack while on the road, many people enjoy listening to music behind the wheel. This can be perfectly safe, but some people get carried away and increase the chances of a crash. For example, a driver may play music very loud, which could make a collision more likely. If you were hit by a driver who was listening to loud music when they collided with you, this factor may need to be presented in court if you move ahead with a lawsuit.
The physical consequences of a car crash may be immediately clear, and very serious. For example, auto accident victims may have broken bones and deep wounds that affect their ability to live life in different ways. It is also important to realize the mental consequences of a crash, and some of the unseen hardships that car accident victims face as a result of brain trauma. For example, someone may sustain a traumatic brain injury in a motor vehicle wreck, which could hurt them in all sorts of ways (personality changes, depression, memory problems and so on). If you were recently involved in a car crash and you hit your head, or you are ever in a wreck that results in brain trauma, it is pivotal to carefully assess your situation immediately.
We have discussed some of the different factors that can lead to a motor vehicle crash. However, there are some unique situations people find themselves in which can significantly increase the odds of something going wrong on the road. For example, someone who has had an affair may be more likely to crash with another vehicle because they are worried about their partner finding out about the incident. Or, someone may be extremely upset with their partner due to infidelity, which can lead to aggressive driving, fatigue behind the wheel and other challenges. These problems can also be brought on by divorce as well.
If you become the victim of an Oregon car accident in which you injure your neck or back, you could find yourself paralyzed and consigned to a wheelchair for the rest of your life. If you have never consciously thought about it before, you should realize that your spinal cord and the nerves which it contains control the movements you make, both voluntary and involuntary, and the sensations you feel. Your spinal cord extends down your neck and back from your head to your hip area. Any injury it receives can drastically reduce the amount of movement you can make below your point of injury, as well as the amount of feeling, including pain, you can feel in that part of your body.