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Salt Lake City Car Accident Whiplash Lawyer
Rear-end collisions are among the most common types of auto accidents. While (at least at lower speeds) many of these accidents are perceived as “fender benders” that do not generally result in much vehicle damage, the physical consequences of a rear-end collision at virtually any speed can be felt for years or even a lifetime.
One of the most significant hazards associated with a rear-end car accident is the risk that the occupants of either vehicle (and especially the leading car) will sustain whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the neck is quickly and violently jolted forward and backward by an outside force. The effects of whiplash are not always immediately apparent after a crash. But when they present themselves (usually within 24 hours), the symptoms can be debilitating. This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to consult with an experienced Salt Lake City, UT car accident lawyer in the wake of a collision. Even if your car has not sustained much damage and even if you don’t initially believe you’ve been injured, it could become apparent in time that you’re suffering as a result of the crash. Speaking with a Salt Lake City car accident whiplash lawyer at Rasmussen & Miner can help you to preserve your legal options in the event that you have sustained injuries as a result of your collision.
The long-term effects of whiplash
Obviously, whiplash will almost always result in neck pain and stiffness, both of which can be mild to severe, short-lived or long-lasting. Other whiplash symptoms can include:
- Reduced motion in the head and neck
- Arm tingling and numbness
- Persistent headaches
- Pain and tenderness in the arms, shoulders and upper back
- Dizziness and fatigue
While less common, symptoms can also include trouble sleeping, memory and concentration issues, irritability and depression, blurry vision and a sensation of ringing in the ears. With whiplash, the symptoms can often resolve either on their own or with physical therapy and pain medication. However, the degree of resolution and the timeline are not guaranteed, and some people continue to suffer symptoms permanently.
Take precautions following a car accident
If you were rear-ended by another driver, don’t assume that how you feel immediately after the crash is a reliable indicator of your injuries. You may not be feeling pain because it is masked by adrenaline, or the symptoms of whiplash won’t present themselves until hours or even days later.
Because of this, you should avoid making statements to the other driver, police or insurers that you are “fine” or “uninjured.” You won’t know until some time has passed and you have been examined by a doctor. In the meantime, make sure you collect all the information you can about the accident and the identifying information for the other driver. Then, take a moment to call an experienced Salt Lake City car accident whiplash lawyer to (at minimum) let them know that you’ve been involved in an accident and may need their assistance soon.
Speak to an attorney about your injuries and legal options
Whiplash and other injuries can cost a lot of money to treat and impact your life in profound ways. An experienced Salt Lake City car accident whiplash lawyer will help you understand your options for pursuing compensation from the at-fault driver and/or their insurance company. An attorney can also help you to navigate negotiations with your own insurance company so that you receive the full benefits you’re entitled to.