Every day, millions of drivers in the United States set out on their individual journeys across highways and city streets. Considering the number of people who spend a portion of each day on the road, the fact that car accidents happen daily may come as no surprise.
Although some motor vehicle collisions in South Carolina are minor accidents, others have more serious outcomes, including physical injuries. If you have suffered an injury in an accident resulting from another motorist’s negligence, you have the right to seek to hold accountable the driver who caused the crash.
One of the most common types of injuries associated with car accidents is whiplash, which is also called a cervical sprain or strain, or a hyperextension injury. Whiplash can take place when a rear-end crash forces your neck and head to go in a back-and-forth motion. The symptoms include the following:
- Back trouble
- Sharp pain in the neck
- Problems remembering information and concentrating
- Neck stiffness
The symptoms may occur either immediately or over multiple days after the collision. Although whiplash might seem minor initially, it can cause significant problems if not addressed, such as neck discomfort, back issues and chronic pain. To treat whiplash, you may need a neck brace or have to undergo physical therapy.
Any injuries you suffer in the soft areas of your body are called soft tissue injuries. These types of injuries include the following:
- Contusions, also known as bruises
- Sprains, or ligament damage resulting from joint overextension
- Strains, or damage resulting from overusing a muscle or a tendon
Injuries to the soft tissue can lead to swelling and soreness, thus resulting in intense pain. They often occur in car accidents because those involved in an accident are often violently jolted and bumped around.
What are my rights following an injury accident?
If you have suffered injury in an accident stemming from another driver’s carelessness, the injuries can negatively impact your quality of life. Not only may you have to deal with chronic pain but also you might not be able to return to the workplace, which may be especially devastating if you were the sole or primary breadwinner. Injuries can also lead to hefty medical bills. Fortunately, it is within your right to seek compensation, which may help you to address your losses resulting from the collision.