Three common types of long-term injuries from car accidents

You have survived a serious car accident, but your troubles are not over yet. Even after the police arrive at the scene, you are transported to a hospital and your injuries are treated, there is a long way to go. Many car accidents—even small ones—have long-term consequences that you may have to deal with your whole life.

The consequences of a car accident range from minor to severe. No matter how seemingly inconsequential, an injury can affect you for a long, long time. These are three of the most common long-term effects of injuries sustained in car crashes.


Whiplash occurs when the neck snaps rapidly back and forth, injuring its soft tissue or bones. Whiplash can affect muscles, ligaments and nerves—and the effects are often long-term. They can include neck pain, headaches, dizziness and even memory loss. Even though whiplash has a good prognosis, some victims will go on to experience chronic neck pain or generalized pain.

Traumatic brain injury

The prognosis for traumatic brain injury is usually not as optimistic. A traumatic brain injury, which occurs when the head experiences a forceful impact, can cause serious cognitive damage. Amnesia, reduced attention span, memory loss and even psychological problems are possible results. These side effects can sometimes last a lifetime, even with extensive therapy and treatment.

Post-traumatic stress disorder

There is another psychological problem that can stem from car accidents: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is frequently associated with armed conflicts or sexual assault, but it can also be caused by severe car crashes. With therapy, PTSD can often be managed, but it is a serious condition that survivors may experience for the rest of their lives.

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