Even if you felt as though that vehicle was coming at you in slow motion, it only takes seconds for an accident to happen. Once the impact occurs, time usually speeds up again, and before you know it, you are lying on a New Orleans road. It may take you a few seconds to realize where you are and that you need to get out of the way of other traffic if you can.
Of course, unless you are in imminent danger, you may want to stay where you are since you don't know what injuries you suffered. If you move the wrong way, you could make matters worse. Even if you get up and walk around, you may want to take a ride to the hospital for a thorough examination, especially since there is a chance that you struck your head on the roadway or another solid object.
You may have a concussion
Adrenalin and shock often mask any pain that you will feel when it wears off. This includes pain in your head. You may know right away that something is wrong, or it could take days. In any case, you may want to keep an eye out for symptoms falling into one of the following categories:
- Physical symptoms could include one or more of the following:
- Fuzzy or blurry vision
- Light or noise sensitivity
- Balance problems
- Symptoms affecting your thinking or ability to remember include one or more of the following:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty remembering new information
- Difficulty thinking clearly
- Feeling slowed down
- Symptoms affecting your mood or emotional state include one or more of the following:
- Heightened emotions
Even your sleep can be affected by a concussion. You may sleep more than usual, not sleep enough or have trouble sleeping. You may want to seek medical attention for any of the above symptoms. If any of them worsens, you may need to get to a doctor right away, especially if you begin to slur your speech, pass out or can't stop vomiting. Seizures may also be a sign of a severe concussion, among other things.
You may have a personal injury claim
A concussion can affect your life both in the short-term and the long-term depending on the circumstances. You could find yourself incurring significant medical bills or taking substantial time off work while your concussion heals. Over the long run, you may find that your memory never quite recovers from the accident or that you suffer some other lifelong effect from the concussion.
Many people dismiss concussions as a minor injury and inconvenience, but you could suffer even mild brain damage that forces you to make changes in how you work and live. You deserve to seek compensation for your financial losses and the other damages you suffered as a result of the negligence of the driver that struck you.