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7 delayed injury symptoms after a car crash

Vehicle accidents are generally horrific experiences — even when the damage is not severe. Even serious physical issues might not present any signs for several days.

If you’ve been in an accident, here are some of the more common symptoms that can appear several days later.

1. Headaches

Headaches that develop several days after a vehicle accident are common.

2. Neck or shoulder pain or stiffness

Whiplash is the classic delayed symptom injury associated with accidents.

“Most cases of whiplash injury occur as the result of rear-end vehicle collisions at speeds of less than 14 miles per hour,” according to

3. Back pain

Back pain that appears after an accident could be caused by injury to the muscles, ligaments or nerves in the back or even by damage to the vertebrae.

4. Abdominal pain or swelling

These signs could indicate internal bleeding. Other symptoms include large areas of deep purple bruising, dizziness and fainting.

5. Numbness

Loss of feeling in arms and hands is another indication of whiplash injury (also called whiplash associated disorder).

6. Changes in personality or physical function

These could signal traumatic brain injury resulting from a concussion.


PTSD victims often have vivid memories of the event and nightmares. Sometimes victims feel as if the accident is recurring or have flashbacks. Children are especially susceptible.

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