Rear-end collisions—where one vehicle’s front end hits the back end of the vehicle in front of it—are one of the most common types of accidents. Because these crashes often occur when one vehicle is slowing or stopped, people do not always realize how serious the injuries can be. However, even a minor accident can cause a person to suffer long-term injuries.
Five Common Injuries Victims of Rear-End Accidents Suffer
The severity of a person’s injuries could be impacted by a number of factors, like how fast the negligent driver was driving or whether the victims had advance notice of the impact to brace themselves. Common injuries a person could suffer in this type of accident include:
- Neck injuries. When the neck, spine, and shoulders snap forward and back suddenly from the impact of the collision, a person can suffer hyperextension and hyperflexion, also known as whiplash. While some people will experience a reduction in the stiffness in their necks and shoulders over a relatively short period of time, many people may still feel pain and discomfort over a year after the accident.
- Back injuries. Even if the impact is at a slow speed, a person’s spine and discs in the lower back can be compressed, resulting in pain and limitations in the person’s ability to walk, work, and lift objects. A person could need physical therapy, steroid injections, or surgery if he suffers from a herniated disc or other back problems.
- Face and head injuries. Because rear-end accidents occur at slower speeds, the victim’s airbag may not deploy, resulting in cuts, lacerations, fractures to the cheek or jawbone, or a detached retina when the person crashes into the steering wheel or windshield. Even worse, the person could suffer a life-altering head injury.
- Wrist, finger, hand, and arm injuries. The victim’s hand, wrist, fingers, or arm could hit the steering wheel, sun visor, or other hard surface or become wedged between the airbag and steering wheel or dashboard.
- Seatbelt injuries. When a person’s seatbelt is doing its job of keeping a person from hitting the steering wheel or dashboard, the seatbelt can lacerate or bruise the person’s skin, hip, torso, or chest.
If you were injured in a rear-end collision, you could be off work for an extended period of time while you heal—if you can return to work at all. You need an experienced car accident attorney to help you get the compensation you could be entitled to for your lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Call us at 866-299-0558 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn how we can help you.