Back Injuries: The Legacy of North Carolina Motor Vehicle Accidents

The sudden jolt of a car or truck collision near Wilmington or Wrightsville Beach can mean more than damage to your vehicle. The energy of the impact is transmitted through the frame of your vehicle to your body, jerking you forward and back. That violent shaking motion can damage nerves, muscles, and bones in your neck, back, and spinal column.


Even though back injuries from North Carolina traffic crashes are common, you shouldn’t dismiss them as minor. Back injuries range from severe aches to catastrophic physical damage. As a result of your New Hanover County traffic accident, you can face mobility problems, lifetime paralysis, or even death.


Varieties of Traffic Accident Back Injuries


At Speaks Law Firm, our Wilmington personal injury lawyers have handled hundreds of traffic accident cases. We understand how easily the human body can be damaged even in “low impact” collisions. We have found that the majority of back injuries fall into these four categories:


  • Whiplash. Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissues—muscles and ligaments—of the neck or upper back from a sudden jolt. The victim may suffer intense headaches, pain in the shoulders and arms, or may not be able to move his head. 


  • Disc herniations and ruptures. Discs act as shock absorbers between the bones along your spine. A jolt from a car or truck accident can cause these pillows to burst or be pinched between vertebrae. The results can include pain and weakness, tingling limbs, labored breathing, loss of bladder or bowel control, and paralysis.


  • Spinal compression fractures. The shock of a collision can make tiny cracks in the bones of the spine. Over time, the fracture can cause the bone to crumble or collapse, deforming the spine and damaging the spinal cord inside. In addition to severe pain, the symptoms can include slumped posture, breathing difficulties, and inability to perform normal lifting and carrying tasks.


  • Spinal cord injuries. A traumatic injury to the spine can bruise or injure the spinal cord or the nerves fibers that extend from it throughout the body. The possible outcomes range from agonizing pain to numbness, loss of sensation, loss of bladder control or sexual function, weakness or paralysis of one or more limbs, and more.


Two Crucial Actions to Take After Your North Carolina Motor Vehicle Accident


The signs of a serious back injury may not show up for hours or days after you were involved in a New Hanover County traffic accident. By then, what initially seemed to be a sore back may be too difficult to treat. With that in mind, you should do two things if you have been a victim of a North Carolina traffic crash:


  • Seek medical attention right away. Even if you seem to have only minor aches and pains after your collision, you need to be checked out. Go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital or your own physician.


  • Contact Speaks Law Firm. You can reach us at 910-341-7570 locally or 877-593-4233 statewide toll-free. We can answer your questions in a FREE, no-obligation conference. We also will get you a FREE copy of The North Carolina Auto Injury Book. If you choose us as your legal representatives, we will vigorously work to get you the settlement or jury award you deserve for your medical bills, disability, and pain.
R. Clarke Speaks
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Trial Lawyer and Founder of Speaks Law Firm, P.C.