Today’s cars, trucks and SUVs contain hundreds of safety features, making them better than ever at protecting you in a motor vehicle accident. Still, you should not take your personal safety for granted. After all, according to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, car accidents continue to kill about 46,000 Americans annually.
Even if you are in a seemingly minor car accident, you may feel queasy. If you vomit in the hours or days after the accident, though, it is advisable to go to the emergency room for a comprehensive medical examination.
Car accidents are naturally stressful events. As you probably know, stress can cause your stomach to turn. It can even make you vomit. Nevertheless, stress should not cause you to vomit violently or for a prolonged period of time.
When your body collides with your seat belt during an accident, you may suffer injuries to your intestines, stomach, liver or other organs. Vomiting is often one of the earliest symptoms of internal damage. This is especially true if your vomiting also comes with midsection pain.
Traumatic brain injuries
It is not uncommon for those who have concussions and other TBIs to vomit. If you hit your head on an inflated airbag or anything else prior to vomiting, a brain injury may be the reason. Likewise, nerve damage, such as a spinal cord injury, also may cause you to vomit.
Even though going to the hospital can be expensive, you simply cannot afford to ignore the potential injuries that tend to accompany vomiting. Ultimately, once you have your health under control, you may be able to pursue financial compensation to help you pay your mounting medical bills.