Traveling through Houston will likely take you along I-10 if you are going east or west. Like most interstates in this country, there is a risk of being involved in an accident as you travel along stretches of road. If you are in a crash, you might be injured.
Many people think that the effects of an injury are going to appear right away. This isn’t always the case. There are many signs of injuries that might take hours, days or longer to appear. Knowing what to look for might help you determine if you need to seek medical care for a delayed symptom of an accident injury.
Neck or back pain
Pulled muscles and soft tissue injuries are possible in a car crash. These might not show up right away. Whiplash is an example of this. Even in an accident that occur at low speed, such as 14 miles per hour or less, you might suffer from this injury. You should beware of any neck pain or stiffness in the days and weeks after the accident.
When it comes to back pain, the type of accident you were in might affect what type of pain you have. Lower back pain occurs in nearly three-fourths of side-impact accidents and more than half of rear-end crashes. Just like whiplash, back pain might be more of a stiffness at first. Seeking medical care is imperative because back pain could be indicative of vertebrae damage or injuries to other structures in the back.
In some cases, back and neck injuries can show up through numbness. If you are feeling numbness anywhere in your body, especially your limbs or face, you need to get medical care.
Even if you didn’t hit your head in the crash, you might suffer from a headache after the crash. This is sometimes caused by a concussion, but other causes like a blood clot, could be behind the headache. There is also a chance this could be due to a neck injury.
On top of headaches, you also have to be on the lookout for personality changes, problems with memory, changes in your vision or depression. All of these are signs of a brain injury and should be evaluated immediately.
Being in a car crash is likely going to shake you to the core. Some people suffer from emotional trauma on top of the physical injuries. You should take stock of your physical and mental state after the crash. These might help you to determine just how much the accident impacted you. Ultimately, you might decide that you are going to seek compensation from the other driver.