Should I seek Medical Attention after a Rear-End Collision?
Rear-end accidents are among the most common vehicle accidents that occur on the roadways. In fact, rear-end collisions make up approximately one-third of all motor vehicle accidents. These types of collisions typically happen at lower speeds (although that is not always the case), and many people view them as minor “fender benders”.
While it may be true that rear-end collisions are relatively minor compared to other types of auto accidents, this does not mean that they are insignificant. This is especially true when it comes to injuries that result from the collision. A fender-bender might only do minor damage to your vehicle, such as a few nicks and scratches, but those inside the vehicle can end up with injuries that are far more extensive then they originally appear to be.
According to a 2015 Washington Post article, there are more than 1.7 million rear-end collisions in the United States each year. About 500,000 individuals are injured in these collisions, and approximately 1700 individuals are killed. This means that in roughly one out of every three rear-end accidents, someone ends up with an injury.
Common Injuries that Result from Rear-End Collisions
When someone is involved in a rear-end accident, some of the most common injuries they may suffer include:
- Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Internal injuries
The type and extent of the injuries that individuals suffer depends largely on the speed at which the vehicles collide, and other specific circumstances. Oftentimes, occupants of the lead vehicle are more susceptible to injury because they do not see the collision coming and they are unable to brace themselves for impact.
But I Don’t feel Hurt, do I Still Need to Seek Medical Attention after a Rear-End Collision?
You may be looking at the injuries listed above and saying to yourself, “none of this has happened to me, so I don’t need to go see a doctor.” This may be a big mistake, however. There are several reasons why you should get medical attention if you have been involved in a rear-end collision, even if you don’t feel “hurt”:
Your Pain can be Masked by Adrenaline and Endorphins
When someone is involved in a motor vehicle accident, they experience an immediate change in state. Suddenly, your heart is racing, and your mind is intently focused on resolving the situation. The adrenaline and endorphins that are fired off during a traumatic event such as a car accident are similar to what athletes often experience in the middle of a big game. You have probably heard of athletes that continue playing in a game after suffering a serious injury. They do this because the endorphins and adrenaline rush that hides the pain of their injury. The same thing could have happened to you. Right after the accident, you may not feel anything. But once you calm down and several hours up to a couple days have passed, you might start to feel the effects of your injury.
Some Unknown Injuries Require Immediate Attention
There are certain types of injuries that could get far worse if they are not treated right away, and some may even become life threatening. One of the best examples of this is an internal injury. Injuries such as internal bleeding are often not felt inside the body until things reach a dire state. This is why it is always best to err on the side of caution and make sure you get checked out immediately after an accident. This helps ensure that the negative effects of any injuries you may have suffered are minimized.
Obtaining Medical Care establishes a Connection between the Accident and Your Injury
If you do end up with an injury from a rear-end collision, there will be medical expenses, possibly time missed from work, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. If you have not sought medical attention and you discover these injuries later on, it will be far more difficult to pursue just compensation if another party was responsible for the accident. By getting checked out right away, you not only protect your health, you protect your legal right to file a claim for damages (if necessary).
Injured in a Rear-End Collision? Speak with an Experienced Mississippi Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or someone close to you was injured in a rear-end accident in Mississippi, you need strong legal counsel in your corner advocating forcefully for your rights and interests. For a free consultation with one of the skilled accident injury attorneys at the Gardner Law Firm, call our office today at (228) 900-9618, or send us a message through our online contact form.