Not all accident-related injuries appear right after the crash occurs.
It is important to be vigilant about monitoring your health after an accident, even if you feel fine initially, so you can get the medical attention you need.
According to Transportation Safety and Environment, 90% of rear-ended crashes at speeds less than 15 mph result in whiplash. This occurs when there is a forceful jerking of the head back and forth, causing strain to the neck muscles and ligaments. Symptoms like neck pain, stiffness and reduced range of motion may not appear until hours or even days after the accident.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that can result from a blow to the head during an accident. Symptoms, such as headache, dizziness and confusion, might be immediately noticeable. However, cognitive issues and emotional changes may show up later.
Internal injuries are not always evident right away, especially if there are no external signs of trauma. Watch out for symptoms, such as abdominal pain, swelling and bruising, which could indicate damage to internal organs.
Back pain can be a delayed consequence of an accident, particularly if there is damage to the spine or soft tissues. Symptoms might include persistent back pain, numbness or tingling in the limbs and difficulty moving. Such symptoms may develop as the body’s inflammatory response sets in, which can take time.
Not all injuries are physical. Psychological distress, such as anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, can also appear hours or days after an accident. Witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event can impact mental well-being, and these emotional symptoms might become more evident as time passes.
After an accident, even if you do not immediately feel injured, keep an eye out for any changes in your physical or emotional state. If you notice any delayed symptoms, consult a medical professional for proper evaluation and guidance.