Being in a car accident is a shocking experience. It is not uncommon to suffer an injury and some of these injuries may manifest days, weeks or even months later. Here are 5 common symptoms to be cautious of, if you have been in a motor vehicle accident.


Headaches are common after an auto accident, especially if you happened to hit your head in the collision. A headache might seem minor, but it may also be an indicator of a severe problem, like a concussion. It is best to consult with a physician if you experience headaches after an auto accident.

Shoulder and/or Neck Pain

Whiplash is another common problem as a result of a car accident. The abrupt stopping of the car throws your head and neck forwards and backward with great force, injuring soft tissues. This can cause shoulder and/or neck pain. But this pain may not be immediately felt. See a doctor after an accident to diagnose and treat whiplash symptoms.


Apart from whiplash, the force of the collision may also cause neck or spine trauma. This may appear as tingling or numbness in the arms or legs. Don’t take a chance. See an injury doctor right after an accident to ensure any injuries are diagnosed and treated on time.

Back Pain

If you experience back pain after or a little later, after the accident, you may have injured your spine during the accident. No matter how minor or major the accident, it can cause significant trauma to the back.  Seek help right away.

Abdominal Pain

Wearing your seatbelt will keep you safe but it may cause abdominal injuries. Internal bleeding is a serious risk. If you see any signs of deep purple bruising or suddenly begin to feel dizzy, this may be a sign of a serious internal injury. Seek medical attention immediately.

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