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Symptoms To Watch Out for After an Auto Accident

In the United States, 4.4 million people are injured enough to require medical attention after a road crash. While some of these injuries may not seem serious, they may lead to worse complications or even death if they go untreated. By understanding what types of symptoms might indicate an injury after an auto accident, you can get the medical attention that you need.

Do you want to learn more about car accident injuries? Keep reading this article for the top symptoms of auto accident injuries to look out for after an accident.


One of the most common symptoms that people experience after a car accident is headaches. You might experience a headache right after a car accident but headaches can also appear days after your auto accident.

Often, headaches are caused by whiplash, the tension in your neck or shoulders, and even due to anxiety or PTSD after your accident.

While headaches are typically a minor injury, they may be due to a more serious underlying issue. If your headaches last longer than normal or are worse than normal, you should visit your doctor to rule out any other causes.

Back or Neck Pain

Another common injury after an auto accident is neck or back pain. Most often, this pain is caused by stress and muscle tension after your accident. If this is the case, you can improve your pain by getting a massage or even by stretching.

However, other causes of back and neck pain include damage to your nerves or tissue, injuries to your muscles, and more.


Next, it is common to experience bruising after being in a car accident This is because the force of the accident can damage the capillaries beneath your skin, which causes bruising and discoloration.

Often, bruises will get worse over the course of a few days after your accident and will heal on their own.

However, some car accidents can cause damage to your internal organs. If your bruising doesn’t improve after a few days, it can be a sign of something worse.

Abdominal Pain and Nausea

Something else that can be a sign of damage to your internal organs after a car accident is abdominal pain and nausea. When you wear a seatbelt during a car accident, it pulls tight across your body to protect you.

While seatbelts are effective forms of protection, they can also cause bruising and internal damage to your body. If you are experiencing serious abdominal pain or nausea, it can be a sign of internal bleeding or another serious issue.

Swelling and Stiffness

Something else that commonly occurs after a trauma, like a car accident, is swelling of your body. This can happen if you have damage to your muscles or tissue, whiplash and other sprains, and more.

Often, this swelling is accompanied by stiffness and difficulty moving. If you have minor swelling, you can improve this by icing the affected area. If it doesn’t heal on its own, you may need medical attention to improve your movement.

Swelling and stiffness also may not set in until a few hours or days after your injuries. Often, the swelling will get worse as your injuries are healing. If your swelling gets worse, you should also rest and elevate the injured area or wrap it to keep it immobilized.

Trouble Concentrating

Another serious symptom that often occurs after a car accident is trouble concentrating or problems with your memory. This most often occurs after a car accident where you hit your head or if you were in shock.

Even stress can make it difficult to concentrate and remember things. While it may not seem like a serious issue, difficulty concentrating may be an early sign of a brain trauma that needs to be addressed by a medical professional.

If your trouble concentrating stems from the stress of your accident, you may also need help from a mental health professional to resolve the issue. If you are experiencing memory loss or difficulty concentrating, this can also be due to a concussion. These are common injuries in a car accident and may require medical attention.

Dizziness and Blurry Vision

After a car accident, many people experience dizziness and changes to their vision. These can cause issues for weeks after your accident. Most often, these symptoms stem from concussions, post-traumatic stress, whiplash, and more.

If you have double vision or blurred vision after your car accident, these may resolve themselves. However, if it lasts more than a few hours or days, you may need to get treatment and testing to determine the cause of your vision changes.

Tingling Sensation

Finally, one of the auto accident symptoms includes a tingling sensation. If you were in a serious accident, this may be due to damage to your nerves or tissues in your back, neck, and shoulders.

This is also often accompanied by pain in the areas that have a tingling sensation.

Need Help After an Auto Accident? We Can Help

After an auto accident, it is important that you keep an eye out for these car accident symptoms to make sure you stay in good health. If you have been injured in an auto accident, it may be helpful to work with a lawyer.

If you are looking for a lawyer, RHINO Lawyers can help! Our attorneys can help you increase your settlement, reduce your medicals, and get money for your losses.

Contact us to get a free case analysis and learn how we can help you after a car accident.


In short, after a car accident, you may not know your rights. Above all, don’t struggle through the process alone. Actually, our personal injury team is here to help you with any legal needs you might have regarding your accident.

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