5 Delayed Symptoms after a Motor Vehicle Accident

Automobile accidents can be a traumatic experience. At the time of the accident, you might feel fine and feel no effects of a personal injury. Because a motor vehicle accident can feel overwhelming, recognizing symptoms of injury might not come until later after the initial shock has worn off. Some injuries might not be felt until a even a few days after the accident. Here are some symptoms to be aware of if you have been in a motor vehicle accident.

Neck and Shoulder Pain

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries people suffer from an auto accident, and whiplash symptoms don’t show up until a day or two after the accident. Whiplash can even occur in accidents of both fast and slow speeds. Be sure to consult a doctor if you feel neck or shoulder pain after a crash.


Headaches after a motor vehicle accident occur often, especially if you hit your head during the accident. While it may simply just be a headache, it could also be a sign of a more serious problem such as a concussion. To be safe, consult a physician if you experience headaches after an accident.


Motor vehicle accidents will cause neck or spinal trauma. Any kind of neck or spinal trauma could very well lead to numbness or loss of feeling in the arms and hands. If at any point after an accident you notice tingling or numbness, be sure to seek care for your injuries.

Back Pain

Being involved in a crash can cause injury to the muscles, ligaments, and vertebrae in your back that may be very painful a few days after the accident. About half of the victims involved in motor vehicle accidents report feeling some sort of back pain a few days after. When you have been involved in a crash, know the potential symptoms so that you can address them as needed before the pain becomes worse.

Abdominal Pain

Any type of abdominal pain you experience after a motor vehicle crash should be addressed as it could be a sign of a serious injury. Internal bleeding is a serious risk after a car crash. Deep purple bruising or dizziness and fainting along with abdominal pain could be internal bleeding. This is a life threatening condition, so if you notice any of these symptoms seek medical attention right away.

If you experience a personal injury after a motor vehicle accident and feel you should be rightly compensated, contact Superior Injury Care for a free consultation.