Rear End Collision Injuries
Any automobile accident can be a frightening and dangerous experience. Even if you feel fine right after the accident, you must remember that your adrenaline has kicked in and may be masking injury. It is in your best interest to be medically checked out after most any accident. There are several injuries you should be on a particular lookout for if you have been involved in a rear-end collision.
This is an extremely common injury that can be sustained in a rear-end collision. The sudden impact may cause your head to jerk or whip about, which may lead to the strain and injury of neck muscles and ligaments as they are pushed beyond their normal range of motion. A whiplash injury can run the gamut from extremely mild to severe with the possibility of chronic pain. It is possible to suffer a whiplash injury and not begin to feel the pain for up to 24 hours. Be on the lookout for headache, pain and stiffness of the neck, fatigue, dizziness, blurred vision, problems with concentration or memory, ringing in the ears, irritability and sleep difficulties. Consult your doctor immediately if you suspect you have suffered a whiplash injury.
While you can most certainly expect neck pain if you suffer a whiplash injury, there are other neck injuries you may sustain from a an accident involving a rear-end collision. Unlike whiplash, other neck injuries will usually present right away. If you can’t move your head without blinding pain after an accident, you must suspect you have a severe sprain, strain, pinched nerve, herniated discs or even a broken neck. Get medical help immediately. Other signs of a neck injury include severe headache and difficulty of motion.
Lower back pain is a lesser known, but very common result of this type of accident. This type of pain usually shows up sometimes several months after an accident, and it is often connected with the condition of whiplash mentioned above. Because the pain often presents so much later after the accident, your doctor will not always make the connection between your pain and the accident. If you have suffered a whiplash injury, be aware of any middle or lower back pain, headache, sleep difficulties or fatigue. You may have sustained a back strain, sprain or herniated discs. These may be all signs your whiplash was much worse than originally believed.
Other Serious Injuries
It is possible to sustain many serious injuries in a rear-end collision. One of the worst injuries is a brain injury caused by the jerking motion, which may cause your brain to hit the inside of your skull. Other injuries may include those to your face, wrist, hand, shoulder, foot, ankle, leg, knee and seatbelt- and airbag-related injuries. You could sustain broken bones, jammed-up body parts, sprains and even loss of life and limb.
Your first concern after any accident should be making sure you and your passengers are safe and checked out thoroughly by medical personnel. If you feel that you have been injured in a rear-end collision, then you should not hesitate to consult with a personal injury attorney who can protect your rights and make sure your medical bills are paid by the party at fault, your car is repaired or replaced and any punitive damages are awarded to you.