If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, there is nothing more important than your health. This is why it is suggested to be medically examined, even if you don’t feel that it is necessary. Many types of injuries can occur as the result of an accident, especially those that involve two vehicles moving at a high speed.

Every year, people are killed as the result of head, back, and/or neck injuries. Head injuries are not only among the most common in car accidents, but also among the most serious. Both drivers and passengers can suffer this type of injury. These range from a mild concussion to a traumatic brain injury. The more serious the blow to the head, the greater chance there is that the victim will pass on or deal with serious side effects for the rest of his or her life.

There are things you can do to protect against head, back, and neck injuries. For example, you should wear a seatbelt at all times. Along with this, rely on a vehicle that has advanced safety features, such as side curtain airbags.

Final note: Some injuries do not present right away. This is why you should still be examined following an accident even if you think you feel okay.

If you or a loved one are injured in a car accident, don’t hesitate to receive appropriate medical care. From there, you will have a better idea of what the future holds. If a person is killed, it is their loved ones who have to step in and decide what to do next.

Source: FindLaw, “Types of Car Accident Injuries,” accessed March 16, 2016