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Auto accidents are a sort of equal-opportunity event; they can happen to pretty much anybody and at any time. I think that’s what makes the thought of being in a crash even scarier—you have no idea when or if a serious accident might occur.

There are certain groups, however, who are more vulnerable to auto accidents than others. And no, I’m not planning on reviving the old men versus women drivers argument.* What I’m referring to is the fear that grips every parent’s heart when their kid gets behind the wheel. The students at West Long Branch’s Monmouth University, for example, are more likely to be involved in a serious auto accident than a woman in her forties living in a suburban area.

But why? Well, we know that auto accidents are the leading cause of death for college-age people. I think it’s important to take into account the fact that young people are far less likely to be dying of heart disease, cancers, or other illnesses that typically affect older people. That’s probably skewing the numbers to some degree.

However, we can’t ignore the statistical fact that younger drivers are involved in more auto accidents than their older counterparts. For the most part, these numbers are a reflection of the fact that college-age drivers are less experienced as drivers, less likely to make positive choices about drinking and driving, and more likely to use a cell phone for talking and texting when behind the wheel.

I’ve spoken at length about the dangers of distracted driving—texting while driving, for example—on this blog. I’ve seen enough auto accident injuries in our office to know that the repercussions—even for minor accidents—can be damaging both physically and emotionally.

Some of the more common auto accident injuries include:

Many people also experience serious emotional effects after an auto accident. In some cases, this manifests as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can sometimes make it difficult for auto accident victims to return to normal, everyday life, further compounding the disruptive nature of auto accidents.

In addition to providing top-quality pain management and rehabilitation for auto accident injuries in West Long Branch, our office is unique in that we have deliberately created a rehabilitative space that is open, welcoming, and dedicated to helping patients with both psychological and physical injuries. Even better, we’ve incorporated medical care with physical therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, and chiropractic care in one office—this often makes the recovery process easier and less stressful for patients.

As part of our commitment to patients, we have included acupuncture at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation Center. Acupuncture accomplishes a number of goals for patients suffering from all of the possible issues surrounding an auto accident. You can click here to learn more about the very real results we’ve found in our office with auto accident patients and acupuncture.

We are also prepared to help patients with many of the most stressful issues faced during the aftermath of a crash. For example, we can help you to find an attorney if you need one. Our office is also prepared to work with your health insurance company to make sure that you receive all of the care you need for your particular injury.

To learn more about our auto accident injury program or about pain management in West Long Branch NJ, feel free to contact Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation Center.

*In case you were wondering, men are involved in more serious accidents than women, likely due to the fact that, statistically speaking, men drive significantly more miles than women. Meanwhile, women drivers tend to be involved in a larger number of minor accidents than men.