Getting involved in a car accident can be one of the most traumatic events one can experience. It may not kill them, but it can have long-lasting effects that may even span a lifetime. Below are some of the long-term effects of getting involved in a traffic accident.

Lifelong Injuries
One of the most obvious consequences of traffic accidents is injury. At worst, the injury can be long-lasting or even lifelong, especially if it involves the brain and the spinal cord. Brain injuries can lead to reading, writing, and speaking problems, not to mention the issues the victim can experience in his or her sensory functions, such as the sense of touch and temperature.

Spinal cord injuries, at their worst, can result into paralysis. If the victim’s body parts are not disabled, they have limited functions, such as difficulty in walking and grasping objects.
Car accidents can also result into amputations, face deformations, and fractures that can still be painful even after being healed.

Psychological Problems
Even minor accidents are proven to cause anxiety of traveling or getting inside a vehicle, phobia on cars and roads, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Victims are also known to have nightmares about the traumatic event, sleeping and eating irregularities, and depression.

These conditions may last a year or even a lifetime. In these instances, it is important to acknowledge that there is a problem so the victim can get psychological help. Treatment ranges from simple breathing exercises to sleeping medications.

Lifestyle Changes
If a person has been involved in an auto accident, he may have some changes in his lifestyle, for better or worse. For the better, he may start driving safely and being mindful of the other motorists on the road. For the worse, he may have persistent psychological issues that can affect his employment opportunities, family and peer relationships, reputation, and overall enjoyment of life.

If the victim has also sustained a lifelong injury, he has no choice but to adjust his lifestyle to accommodate his bodily limitations.

Car accidents are such serious issues that not only medical professionals talk about them, but also legal professionals, such as those who choose to focus on long-term disability cases. But at the end of the day, nobody wants medical bills, attorney and court fees, lifelong injuries, long-lasting psychological problems, and unwarranted lifestyle changes. The best thing to do is to be diligent on the road to avoid accidents altogether.

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