A 21-year-old Freeport man was critically injured in a car crash in Destin early Friday morning. The rear-end crash happened around 3:15 a.m. near 34884 Emerald Coast Parkway, east of Matthew Boulevard, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. The Freeport man was driving a Honda Civic. He rear-ended an Infiniti driven by a 41-year-old man from Katy, Texas, the Sheriff’s Office said. He was extricated from the car and taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center with critical injuries, the Sheriff’s Office said. The hospital said Friday afternoon that he remained in critical condition. The other driver was not injured, although some of the passengers in the Infiniti were taken to Destin Emergency Care after the crash.
We hope the Freeport man heals quickly and the passengers in the Infiniti who were treated did not sustain any serious injuries. Although, it can still be too soon to tell if anyone in the Infiniti was injured. One of the most common injuries from a rear-end car accident is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when a person’s neck is whipped backward and then forward very suddenly. Symptoms usually appear within 24 hours following the incident that caused the whiplash. Sometimes symptoms may develop after a few days and can last several weeks. Some of the more common symptoms include: neck pain and stiffness, headaches (specifically at the base of the skull), dizziness, blurred vision, constant weariness. Less common symptoms connected to chronic whiplash include: problems with concentration and memory, ringing in the ears, inability to sleep well, and irritability
If you think you have any of the symptoms described above as a result of being rear-ended in a car accident, it’s important to seek medical care following the incident. Your doctor will be able to document your condition, so you can seek compensation to cover your healthcare costs.
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries due to a car accident and have questions, contact Dennis or Paul Brannon at Brannon & Brannon.