You likely remember exactly where you were intending to go on the day your accident happened. You may have been alert and cautious behind the wheel as usual, doing your best to adhere to traffic and safety regulations, as well as to remain focused on the road ahead and the immediate surroundings, to watch for potential hazards. As is often the case, your best effort might not have been enough if a reckless or negligent driver was sharing the road with you that day.
No matter how careful you are, if another motorist disregards traffic laws or becomes distracted at the wheel, you may not be able to safely react in time to avoid a collision. One of the most common injuries that Texas car accident victims often suffer is whiplash. You may have felt instantaneous pain in your neck when the other car hit you, or you may have felt okay right then but noticed symptoms of injury later. Post-accident support is key to successful recovery.
It’s never a good idea to decline medical attention, even if you feel okay. Written documentation of medical attention is always good to have on hand, following a collision, for many reasons — in particular, to serve as evidence if you later file a personal injury claim. The symptoms included in the following list warrant post-accident medical attention regarding possible whiplash:
- Any discomfort in your upper or lower back
- A ringing sound in one or both ears
- Cognitive issues, such as trouble remembering things
- Mouth or jaw discomfort
- Appendage numbness, tingling or weakness
- Trouble sleeping
- A stiff feeling in your neck or shoulders
- Pain that stems from your neck or upper body
One of the first things that should take place once responders arrive at an accident scene is securing medical attention for anyone who needs it. If you do not receive proper medical attention and later learn that you have whiplash, you may wind up experiencing long-term, negative consequences due to lack of proper treatment. In fact, such situations can lead to chronic pain or permanent disability.
If you were driving to work or running errands when another car suddenly slammed into yours, and you later learned that it was an intoxicated, distracted or otherwise negligent or reckless driver behind the other wheel, you should not have to bear the full financial burden associated with the incident. Texas law provides recovering accident victims the opportunity to seek financial recovery for their losses in civil court.