What to Watch Out for After a Car Accident

No matter how careful you drive, car accidents may still occur from time to time. The reason for this is because you never know with whom you’re sharing the road with. If you’ve experienced a car accident recently, the first thing you should have in mind is to check yourself thoroughly. Some issues may appear days or even weeks after the accident. That’s why you should inform yourself about all hidden problems that may strike unexpectedly.


Also known as Cervical-Acceleration-Deceleration (CAD), whiplash is the most recognizable injury that causes problems days and weeks after a collision. It occurs when someone experiences a sudden motion of the neck by dislocating it and snapping back to its original position in a short period of time. Rear collisions are the most common reasons for these injuries. It’s because your head and body lean forward until the seat belt pulls you back.

The initial position of the neck represents the first phase of a whiplash injury. The second is retraction, which is at the moment of impact. The third phase is extension. This is the moment when your head and neck lean forward until the seat belt stops the body motion. Rebound is the final whiplash phase. It’s the action of pulling your body back into its original position. The body parts that suffer the most from a CAD are the spine and vertebrae. Usually, the late symptoms that may indicate whiplash include headaches, dizziness and sensory issues.

Brain Damages

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are some of the worst problems someone can experience after a car accident. As they’re insidious, these injuries are hardly spotted and rarely treat from the very beginning. In a car collision, your head might suffer a lot due to the moment of inertia. Whether it is just hardly shaken or hit, you should check for TBI consequences.

Usually, people that suffer TBI will change their personality after some time, maybe even months after the accident. They’ll start to get irritated easily and being in an anxious state will become normal for them. So, if you’ve experienced a car or motor vehicle collision, be sure to consult a neurologist right away.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD)

A lot of car accidents pass by without any serious physical damages. However, that doesn’t mean that someone isn’t affected on the psychological level. In fact, it’s very common for people to experience mental health issues even after their physical recovery. The most common issues for these mental states are Post Traumatic Stress Disorders. These disorders can lead to an anxious or depressive state.

Driven by adrenaline, it’s normal to confront a crash victim’s experience. After all, everyone would feel a lot of stress following a collision. But, for some people, this goes on even after a lot of time passes. Individuals may experience flashbacks and nightmares months or years after the accident.

Shoulder Injuries

As your seat belt wraps over only one shoulder, there are various shoulder injuries that may occur after a car accident. Shoulder strains and deep bruises are the most common issues that you experience. The tearing of ligaments can cause severe damages that may even require surgery. The biggest problem about shoulder injuries is that they worsen by time and become chronic. That’s why you should consult a physician right away. If there’s any reason that your injury hasn’t been followed up by compensation, you can always contact a personal injury solicitor that will help you handle a medical negligence claim.

Psychological Disorders

When a person experiences a traumatic situation, it is not only the body that’s injured. These situations can leave severe consequences on our emotional and psychological state as well. Usually, as a result of these traumatic experiences, people tend to develop a phobia towards cars. These situations require an immediate attendance. Although various techniques are used by psychologists in order to successfully treat this condition, but you’ll have to remember that overcoming a phobia is a long and painful path.

Adam Richards

About Adam Richards

Adam Richards is a semi-retired business professional originally from Bangor, Maine. He spent the majority of his career in sales and marketing where he rose to the marketing lead of a Fortune 1000 company. He then moved on to helping people as a career counselor that specifically helped bring families to self-sufficiency through finding them rewarding careers. He has now returned to Bangor for his retirement and spends his free time writing. This blog will be about everything he learned throughout his career. He'll write on career, workplace, education and technology issues as well as on trends, changes, and advice for the Maine job market and its employers.