Many drivers may walk away from a rear-end collision and feel lucky that the accident was not more serious. They may believe that they only experienced a minor accident. This is especially true if the damage to their car was not extensive. While this may in fact be true, it may also be the case that the accident was more severe than originally thought.
Damage to the Car Is Not Equivalent to Damage to the Driver
Drivers who are in seemingly minor accidents are still at risk for more severe medical conditions, such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBIs are not only serious brain injuries that cause immediate impairment, they may also develop over time.
Brain injuries occur due to the brain shaking inside the skull during a traumatic event, which can also result in a concussion. Often, people may believe that a concussion is a minor injury that lasts only a short period of time. While this could be the case, a concussion can also cause long lasting effects and it may not be detected immediately.
After a rear-end collision, drivers should always be evaluated for injuries that are not immediately noticeable. It is important for others to be included in medical care conversations in case a concussion does become apparent within 24 hours after the car accident.
When to Suspect a Concussion
Symptoms of a concussion includes a headache, nausea, blurred vision, and sensitively to light or sounds. A concussion can also present itself as difficulty in balance or confusion. A person suffering from a concussion is often not able to detect these changes, this is why it is important to be monitored either by a medical professional or a loved one during this sensitive time.
Link Between Rear-End Accidents and Head and Neck Injuries
Forcibly hitting objects, like hitting your head against the headrest, can also cause brain injuries and head and neck injuries. Forceful shaking can also cause whiplash or a muscle strain in the neck and can damage the cervical spine. It is always important to get evaluated by a medical professional soon after a car accident to help determine the possibility of a hidden injury.
Delaware County Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello Are Here to Help if You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident
If you were injured in a car accident, whether it was a rear-end collision or another type of accident, one of our accomplished lawyers can assist you. Our determined Delaware County car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello will bring any relevant claims against a negligent driver. Contact us online or call us at (610) 892-4940 to schedule a free consultation. Located in Media, Pennsylvania, we also serve clients in Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster, Montgomery County, Norristown, Philadelphia, Reading, and West Chester.