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What injuries may have delayed symptoms after a car accident?

On Behalf of | Dec 20, 2022 | Car Accidents

Residents of Arizona and New Mexico can suffer serious injuries after being involved in a car accident. However, many injuries lie dormant after a collision, which means symptoms may not show until days later. These are a few of the most common examples.


A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that occurs when a person’s head is violently jolted forward and then backward during a car accident. The brain shifts back and forth, hitting the inside of the skull. This leads to damaged tissue, blood vessels and nerves. Symptoms often don’t show up until later and might include dizziness, headache, blurred vision and memory loss.


Whiplash is a common personal injury stemming from car accidents. Usually, they develop after a rear-end collision. The force of the neck during the accident can cause strain on the delicate muscles, tendons and ligaments, but symptoms often don’t show up until later. The individual might begin to feel stiffness and pain in their neck, headaches, numbness or tingling and a limited range of motion.

Spinal cord injuries

Symptoms from injuries affecting the spinal cord sometimes don’t manifest until days after a car accident. It’s possible to suddenly experience numbness or tingling of the limbs, muscle spasms, weakness, stiffness or balance issues. These injuries can result in herniated discs, broken vertebrae and nerve damage. If your spine has been impacted in an accident, medical care is urgent.

Internal bleeding

Internal bleeding signifies catastrophic injuries from a crash. It’s possible to have damage to major organs, but symptoms can take a long time to show. You may have pain, breathing problems, cough up or vomit blood or blood in your urine or bowel movements.

Never neglect to receive medical treatment after a car accident. It might prevent serious complications from unseen injuries.