4 Long-Term Effects of Serious Vehicle Crashes

Every day in the United States, over 6,000 people suffer injuries in vehicle crashes.  For most of us, statistics on vehicle crashes aren’t just numbers on a page -- they’re part of our own experience. It’s very likely that you or someone close to you has had the unfortunate experience of being involved in a crash

In a nation where the population relies heavily on passenger vehicles to get from point A to point B, perhaps the frequency of crashes is not surprising. However, the fact that car wrecks are common doesn’t make them any less eventful. When someone is involved in a serious crash, they can suffer in countless physical, mental and financial ways.

The impact of a crash goes well beyond the immediate fallout of a collision. To understand the true impact of a car wreck, let’s look at five ways that a crash can affect a crash victim.

Physical injuries - Vehicle crashes perennially rank as one of the leading causes of serious injury in the United States. Though some of those injuries are relatively short-term, many more have a devastating long-lasting impact on the person involved in the crash. Brain injuries, hip fractures, and spinal cord injuries are just a few examples of injuries that typically leave people permanently disabled.

Anxiety and emotional trauma - If you’ve ever been involved in a serious vehicle crash, you’ve likely experienced some degree of anxiety that lasted for months, or even years, after the crash occurred. While we tend to associate post-traumatic stress with people who have been in combat, it’s important to note that any major, traumatic, stressful event can leave a lasting imprint on the person who experienced it.

Limited work capacity - For someone who has suffered a serious injury in a crash, the impact isn’t limited to physical pain and suffering. When an injury affects a person’s ability to perform routine tasks, they might also be unable to work.  This is part of the often cumulative effect of a crash: A crash causes injuries, which are painful and expensive; then the restrictions and pain brought on by the injuries curbs a person’s ability to earn an income; in turn, the financial difficulties are made even worse by the fact that there is less money available to pay medical bills.

High insurance costs - Any motorist who has been involved in a crash has likely experienced soaring insurance costs. Even if they were not at fault, they might still see rate increases. These hikes can plague policyholders for many years after a crash. For many crash victims, this adds insult to injury and only serves to further the economic woes that stem from a serious crash.

When you consider all the ways that a single crash can have several long-lasting ripple effects, it’s easy to understand why finding adequate financial compensation is so important. It’s one of the reasons that insurance is mandatory - to mitigate the incredible financial fallout from a crash. However, insurance payments alone are often not enough to cover the true costs of the damage.

That’s why so many people turn to personal injury claims to obtain compensation after a crash. These claims are often the only remaining course of action someone has to get the compensation they need to overcome the challenges posed by a serious crash.

Vehicle crashes might be everyday occurrences, but their consequences can also be monumental for the people they leave injured. When those crashes are caused by a negligent driver, crash victims must consider every option available to ensure they are positioned to overcome the harm they have experienced.