When many Illinois residents think of serious car accidents, they often have thoughts of flipped vehicles, mangled metal, ambulances and such. However, some accidents themselves can seem relatively minor but still cause serious injuries to those involved. As a result, it is important to seek medical attention after any type of car accident.
You may have recently gained experience in just how serious low-speed car accidents can be after another driver hit your vehicle. The other party may not have been traveling very fast, and at first, you may not have thought that the incident was severe. However, you may have experienced signs of injury later.
Serious injuries can result
Even in low-speed collisions, people can still suffer serious injuries, especially if you are in the vehicle that is hit. The slow-moving vehicle may have crashed into your car, causing it to jolt forward. The sudden acceleration of your vehicle could contribute to the injuries you suffered. In many cases, serious injuries may not show themselves immediately, and you may have experienced delayed symptoms related to the following possible injuries:
- Soft tissue injuries: You may have strained, torn or sprained muscles, tendons, ligaments or other soft tissues in your body as a result of the accident.
- Whiplash: Whiplash can happen easily in most types of car accidents due to the abrupt movements of the head during a crash. Unfortunately, whiplash can cause a number of other injuries, like nerve damage.
- Traumatic brain injuries: If you hit your head or something else hits your head in a car accident, you could easily suffer a traumatic brain injury, even in a low-speed crash.
Recovery from any of these types of injuries and others that can occur can take time and effort. In some cases, individuals may not fully recover their abilities after such an incident. As a result, they may have to learn to live their lives differently and spend time and money on medical treatments to address the lasting effects.
Even if the other party involved in the crash tries to play it off as nothing serious because a high-speed crash was not involved, you may want to remember that your injuries could have a substantial effect on your life. If you learn that the incident left you seriously injured, you may want to gain information on your legal options for seeking compensation from the driver considered at fault.