What Injuries are Most Likely to Result from a Rear-End Collision?
What injuries can happen to you if another driver rear-ends you? Find out. And learn what to do to protect yourself legally and financially.
Did you get rear-ended recently? Know someone who was?
Various types of automobile collisions are more likely to cause certain injuries.
What could happen if you get rear-ended?
Any of these injuries may result:
“Whiplash” happens when your neck moves back-and-forth rapidly due to a forceful impact.
Its name comes from the fact that your neck moves quickly like the cracking of a whip.
Symptoms of whiplash don’t necessarily show themselves immediately after your auto accident.
They may take a few days to show.
Whiplash can result in pain and stiffness in your neck, loss of motion in your neck, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and pain or numbness in your upper back or arms.
Some people may also experience blurry vision, poor sleep, irritability, difficulty concentrating and remembering, or depression.
2. Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) really refer to any injury that happens to any serious injury to your brain.
This ranges from a mild concussion, which isn’t too difficult to recover from, all the way to severe injuries that impair you for your entire life. TBI can also result in death.
Traumatic brain injuries have two components: primary and secondary. “Primary” refers to the injury that happens to you at the moment of your car accident.
You may experience bruising, bleeding, or tearing of nerve fibers as your brain slams back and forth inside your skull.
You might actually appear just fine immediately after your car wreck.
However, in the days and weeks after your accident, “secondary” injuries may begin to show. These injuries are usually much more damaging than your primary injury.
To manage the damage caused by your primary injury, your body uses an inflammatory response. Extra nutrients rush to the area of your primary injury in an attempt to heal it.
However, this can result in your brain swelling too far and pushing against your skull. And that can result in a variety of symptoms like:
- Losing consciousness
- Inability to concentrate
3. Spinal Cord Injuries
Injuries to your spinal cord can be as simple and mild as pain and swelling from a bruise, ranging all the way to total paralysis.
Your spinal cord does not have the ability to heal itself. Modern medicine can help you heal some spinal cord injuries.
So in some cases, paralysis can be temporary. But for the most part, spinal cord injuries are severe and have permanent consequences.
Complete severing of your spinal cord results in the most serious injury symptoms below the injury site. This could mean permanent loss of movement and feeling.
Incomplete severing of your spinal cord results in partial loss of feeling and motor function. You may keep the ability to function reasonably well with the help of medicine and physical rehab.
This is Why You Don’t Settle Quickly with Insurance Companies
Insurers know your injuries may not present themselves fully in the immediate aftermath of your auto accident.
They know that in the weeks and months ahead, your injuries may become far worse. And caring for those injuries would cost them more.
Of course, they don’t want that. So it’s yet another reason why you don’t accept any of their quick offers after your car accident.
They’ll give you money, but hopefully (in their mind) just enough to get you to settle your claim now so they don’t have to pay more later on.
So if you’re in any kind of car accident, don’t feel any pressure to resolve the situation with the insurance company now.
You don’t want to find yourself without the means to pay for your injuries and take care of yourself and your family should you suddenly take a dramatic turn for the worse in the future.
And in the meantime, you’re wise to talk to a personal injury lawyer because they offer free consultations and can protect you financially while you focus on your recovery.
Shane V. Mullen is an attorney licensed by the State of Texas for the general practice of law, and the Managing Partner at Mullen & Mullen Law Firm in Dallas, TX. His firm focuses exclusively on personal injury law and has been in business for 40 years. Before becoming a lawyer, Shane worked for his father as an accident injury claims investigator.