Long Term Effects of Car Accidents

Teenage Driver Suffering Whiplash Injury Traffic Accident

Car accidents can be traumatizing. You’re never truly prepared for emotional and physical car accident after effects. After an automobile accident in Missouri, recovery usually begins to occur once the collision or crash has been investigated, medical attention has been sought, police reports and other relevant documents are gathered, evidence is collected, and liability is determined. However, the effects of car accident injuries can be long lasting which is why compensation must take into account future expenses and suffering. In this blog, we take a look at the long term emotional and physical effects of a car accident.

Emotional Effects of a Car Accident

Some injuries are not immediately apparent after an accident, but regardless of when an injury first appears, it can have a long term effect. One of the areas in which car accident injuries typically are long lasting are those related to psychological or emotional trauma.

The mental and emotional injuries after a car accident can include mental anguish, emotional distress, fear, anger, humiliation, anxiety, shock, embarrassment, random episodes of crying, loss of appetite, weight fluctuations, lack of energy, sexual dysfunction, mood swings, and sleep disturbances.1 Studies indicate that one-third of those individuals involved in a nonfatal accident continue to have the above mentioned symptoms of emotional trauma a year after the accident including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and phobias.2 Recovering for the long term emotional and mental injuries after a car accident should be calculated into the pain and suffering damages.3

Physical Car Accident Effects

The more severe physical injuries associated with a car accident commonly include brain and head trauma such as a traumatic brain injury, neck injuries such as whiplash, neck strains, or disk damage, and back or spine injuries such as a sprains, strains, fractures, or disk injuries.Physical injuries that are associated with long term effects are usually permanent disabilities such as amputations, paralysis, or TBI’s which create a diminished mental capacity, but soft tissue injuries that effect the tissue surrounding and connecting tendons, muscles, and ligaments are also usually long term. This is why determining the extent of an injury and the potential for future pain and suffering is an important component to recovering from an auto accident.

Contact an Experienced St. Louis Personal Injury Attorney for a Free Consultation

If you have sustained a harm or loss during a car accident, it is important to discuss the circumstances of your injury with an experienced auto accident attorney who can take into account the potential for future losses in order to fully protect your legal rights and interests to compensation. To contact a personal injury attorney for a free consultation please feel free to call The Bruning Law Firm at 314-735-8100.


For more information, use these resources:


  1. http://www.all-about-car-accidents.com/resources/auto-accident/car-accident-injuries/mental-emotional-injuries-from-car-wreck
  2. http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/news/20010820/impact-of-car-accidents-can-be-long-lasting
  3. http://www.all-about-car-accidents.com/resources/auto-accident/car-accident-injuries/mental-emotional-injuries-from-car-wreck
  4. http://www.all-about-car-accidents.com/car-accident-injuries.html