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Injuries from Minor Accidents: Concussion, Vision, Emotional Concerns

In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some of the most common injuries that can arise from even minor car accidents. While some may be tempted to wave away a small fender-bender as no big deal, the reality is that it’s possible for significant, lasting injuries to take place during these events, even if both vehicles were moving at slow speeds.

At Peterson Chiropractic, we’ve seen many examples of this, and we’re here to offer the best auto accident injury chiropractic services available in Salt Lake City or other parts of Utah to anyone who has experienced any such injury. What are some other injuries that are still possible even if the collision is relatively minor, and what are some signs they may be taking place? Here’s a rundown.


Some people associate concussions only with high-speed impacts or contact sports, but the reality is that any kind of blow to the head can cause one. The human brain is protected by a layer of fluid, and when it hits the skull too hard, that can cause this fluid to shift, leading to concussion symptoms like headaches, dizziness, nausea, light sensitivity, and more.

If you experience any of these symptoms after a car accident, it’s important to seek medical attention right away as concussions can become more serious if left untreated.

Vision Blurring

One of the more serious potential injuries that can come from a car accident, especially if it’s a rear-end collision, is vision loss or blurring. This can be caused by the force of the impact causing the eyeball to become displaced in its socket, which then puts pressure on the optic nerve.

This is an extremely serious condition that can lead to permanent vision loss. Once again, though, it doesn’t take a high-speed impact to cause this, so if you experience any vision problems after a car accident, it’s vital to get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible. Down similar lines, if you lose consciousness for any period of time, you should seek medical attention.

Emotional Concerns

Finally, it’s important to remember that even “minor” car accidents can also cause emotional injuries that may not be immediately apparent. These can include things like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression.

If you find yourself feeling any of these emotions after a car accident, it may be helpful to seek professional help in order to deal with them in a healthy way.

In short, even minor car accidents can cause a variety of injuries, some of which may not be immediately apparent. If you’ve been in a car accident, it’s important to seek medical attention right away, even if you don’t think you’re injured. At Peterson Chiropractic, we offer the best auto accident injury chiropractor services to all our SLC clients — call us at your nearest convenience for assistance.

Peterson Chiropractic is led by Doctor Bradley Peterson, who grew up in Davis County and attended the University of Utah.