Rear-end accidents accounted for nearly half of all collisions between 2012 and 2014. Most of these crashes were relatively minor, but a significant percentage of them resulted in severe vehicle damage and injuries.
When a moving vehicle collides with your stationary car from behind, the impact can cause your body to shift in sudden and unexpected ways. While the shock of the moment might mask any pain or discomfort, this kind of uncontrolled movement can lead to concussions that only become apparent several hours after the crash. For this reason, you should never underestimate the effects of a car accident, even if you feel fine in the immediate aftermath.
If you sustained a brain injury in a collision with a negligent motorist, turn to Campbell, House, & Cummins for legal advice. One of our Monroe car accident attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation into your case and gather the evidence needed to prove negligence, liability, and the value of your damages. Call 318-855-0285 to arrange a consultation.
How Rear-End Car Accidents Lead to Concussions
Imagine you are sitting still in your car, wearing your seat belt, waiting for traffic to clear. Now imagine another vehicle rams into yours from behind. Three things will now happen: your head will jolt forward, then backward, and then forward again.
This sudden motion is known as whiplash and often leads to pain and stiffness in the area around the neck and shoulders. But it can also cause injuries deep inside the brain. Usually, we may associate concussions with impact – such as when a football player’s head collides with another – but whiplash has much the same effect.
This is because whiplash causes your brain to move inside your head, bumping up against the skull a number of times. These bumps can bruise and tear your brain tissue, leading to swelling and widespread cellular damage.
The Mayo Clinic warns that while some people who suffer a concussion will lose consciousness, others will not – and that it is possible to be concussed without knowing it. If you notice some of these common concussion symptoms, see a doctor immediately:
- Headaches or a “tight” feeling in the head;
- Confusion – as though you are “in a fog;”
- Dizziness and seeing stars;
- Temporary loss of consciousness or amnesia;
- Slurring your speech or feeling dazed; or
- Unexplained nausea or vomiting.
If you suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car wreck that you did no cause, contact injury lawyer Wade L. House at Campbell, House, & Cummins to discuss the merits of your case. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and lost income, as well as non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.
Call 318-855-0285 to arrange a consultation with one of our car accident attorneys today. Visit USAttorneys.com for more information on car accident injury claims.
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