Been in a Car Crash a While Ago? Be on the Lookout for These 7 Delayed Injury Symptoms

Been in a Car Crash a While Ago? Be on the Lookout for These 7 Delayed Injury Symptoms
Adult upset driver man in front of automobile crash car collision accident in city road

Being involved in a car accident can be a stressful and overwhelming time, but whether you’ve experienced a high-speed collision or a minor knock, you may be thinking you got out lucky with no scratches or injury. However, you must be aware that some car-related injuries can be delayed, and without awareness of what you can get, you may not be able to get the treatment you need, which could cause lasting damage.

With this in mind, today we check out seven common delayed injury symptoms, so you know what to keep your eyes open for following your accident, even if you feel okay at the time.

  1. Headaches

Perhaps the most common symptom can occur anywhere between a few hours and a few days after the accident. These are common, and the chances are you’ll get one, so make sure you drink lots of water and rest. If the headache doesn’t shift, see a doctor as it could be a sign of a condition, such as a blood clot or concussion.

2. Stiff Neck or Shoulder Pain

Most commonly referred to as ‘Whiplash,’ if you have stiffness in your neck or shoulder, you may need to have an x-ray or CT scan to make sure everything is okay, especially if the pain and stiffness don’t shift or gets worse after a few days.


PTSD of some kind is very common after an accident, and you may have flashbacks of what happened, or you may hear the sounds in the back of your mind. These visions can come in the form of memories or nightmares and can feel very intense and vivid. If you suffer from this, always get medical assistance or seek out therapy as soon as possible.

4. Physical Numbness

If you have a lack of feeling or a mild tingling in your hands or arms, this can be a sign of delayed whiplash or whiplash associated disorder, common with car accidents. Around 20% of rear-ended drivers feel these symptoms for a bit, so keep an eye on it, and if you still feel numb after a couple of days, seek medical help as soon as possible.

5. Changes in Your Personality

If you find yourself, or a loved one, blanking out or not having memory of the event or times past or present, or you find yourself anxious, depressed, or acting in a way you wouldn’t normally act, this could be a sign of delayed shock from your accident, and you need to make sure you’re seeing a doctor who can refer you to a mental health practice to help teach you the skills to deal with what’s happened.

If you find yourself in this position or suffering from the symptoms of any other ailment on this list, you’ll need to seek out services providing experienced representation to car accident victims to help get your bills covered and the compensation you’re entitled too.

6. Pain in the Abdomen

If you have abdominal swelling or any kind of pain, this could be a sign of internal bleeding, and you’ll need to get it checked out as soon as possible. It can be life-threatening in some cases, so make sure you’re aware of the symptoms that include bruising, (purple), fainting, and an overall dizziness.

7. Back Pain

Back pain can be a sign of many kinds of conditions, including ligament problems, muscle damage, and even damage to your vertebrae. Any kind of back pain found after a collision is worth going to check out.


While vehicle accidents can leave you with a lot on your plate to deal with, it’s important to remember that your health comes first. Always be mindful of your body and how it feels a few days and weeks after your accident, check-in with yourself, and seek out medical help if you require it.

Christie Lewis
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