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3 tips for parents involved in car crashes

It is a parent's worst nightmare, being in a car crash with one's children. It's hard to imagine hearing your children crying or even being silent after such a serious crash. In many cases, children actually survive with fewer injuries than other passengers thanks to their child safety seats, but it doesn't make it any easier to fear for your child's life.

As a parent who has been involved in a crash or who is worried about being involved in a crash, there are a few things you can to do be better prepared in the future. Here are three tips to follow after a serious crash that can help you and your child.

Protecting your rights after experiencing a car accident

Depending on the actions you take after a car accident, you may sacrifice important protections or possibly bring yourself unnecessary legal trouble. It is normal to feel disoriented after an accident, but it is still important to keep your wits about you and avoid actions you may later regret. From the moment an accident occurs, the actions you take may either protect or harm you and your interests.

Immediately after the accident, check to make sure you and your passengers don't have any notable injuries. Even if you do not see or feel any injury, it is important to seek out medical treatment as soon as you can. You may have injuries that are not yet causing pain, and catching them early can save you months of recovery and suffering.

Delayed abdominal pain after a car accident?

After you experience a car accident, you may leave the scene thinking that you got away without injuries, despite your frustration at the turn of events that you did not expect that day. However, in some cases, the injuries you sustain in a car accident do no cause pain until hours or even days later.

We refer to these as delayed pain injuries, and they may include injuries to the head, the muscles groups in the neck and back, damage to the spinal column or nerves within the column, and abdominal injuries. While all of these injuries are potentially serious and deserve medical care as soon as possible, abdominal injuries pose more serious threats than the others. If you experience abdominal pain after a car accident and do not seek medical attention immediately, your injuries may quickly turn fatal.

Know the various types of car crash injuries

Motor vehicle crashes cause various types of injuries. You can't ever truly be ready to deal with a car crash or the effects of one, but you can try to understand some of the types of injuries that might occur so that you are aware of what to watch for after the accident.

Many people assume that the injuries you suffer in an accident will show up right away. This isn't always the case. Some injuries, even serious ones, might not be noticeable until days or weeks after the accident. Here are a few types of injuries of which you should be aware in the event that you are ever involved in a crash:

Can I pursue loss of consortium damages?

Ever since your spouse was catastrophically injured in a collision caused by a drunk driver, you have been catering to all of her needs. You've also been responsible for picking up the slack — taking care of the kids, driving them to school, preparing lunches, keeping the house clean — all while continuing to earn income for your family as its sole provider.

You're devastated for your spouse, because you know she's in pain, but have you taken a few moments to think about yourself and how her injuries have also harmed you?

Traumatic brain injury types: Open and closed injuries

If you suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of a car accident, you may want to learn a few things about these serious injuries. It's important that you understand that you may have a long road ahead of you to recover and heal. For one, you'll want to know what kind of TBI you have. Secondly, you need to learn what symptoms are the norm for serious injuries like yours.

There are two primary categories of traumatic brain injuries — open traumatic and closed TBIs.

The 4 most likely ways you could be in a car wreck

No matter how much effort you put into avoiding them, car accidents can happen at any time. For example, imagine driving through Salt Lake City on your way to work. You follow the same route every day and even stop at the same place for a bagel and coffee. Most of the time, you even get caught at the same red light a block away from your destination. While commuting to and from work seems like a never-ending monotony, it only takes one second for another driver to make a mistake and hit you.

In general, there are four main causes of car accidents of which drivers should be aware. By understanding the common types of collisions, you have a better chance of avoiding any accidents.

Texting: A short task that causes death and injuries

It's easy to get distracted. Maybe a call comes in while you're driving, or you have to respond to a message you've received. The problem is that texting and talking on the phone both make you more likely to end up in an accident.

Texting is a particular issue. It takes your attention away from the roads and places it on a conversation, reading or writing. Even if you respond quickly, taking your eyes off the road for five seconds is enough to allow your vehicle to travel the distance of a football field without you looking up once.

Head, Shoulders, Knees and .... Backs?

You thought it should say toes, but we aren't singing a song, we're talking about the most commonly affected areas from winter related injuries. We can add wrists, necks, elbows and hips to the list. Winter brings a lot of great opportunities for outdoor recreation but it also brings a lot of injuries. From skiing and snowboarding to shoveling and slip and falls, winter can be a dangerous time of year.

Did your spouse suffer a mild traumatic brain injury?

Promising to care for the one you choose to marry is a very important part of marriage vows, and an important responsibility to carry. Most couples never imagine that part of their lives together may include a season in which one spouse or the other is genuinely not themselves.

Unfortunately, this kind of change is a real possibility for many couples, especially if one spouse suffers from a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Mild TBIs are often very deceptive injuries that alter the way a victim's brain operates and may even change a victim's personality.

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