What are the most common injuries from rear-end car accidents?
On average, there are about 1.7 million rear-end collisions each year across the United States, making them one of the most common types of car crash.
Rear-end collisions are often the result of speeding, inattentive driving or reckless driving. They tend to occur at regulated intersections or during traffic jams on major roads.
Common rear-end collision injuries
- Whiplash: Whiplash is the most common type of injury sustained in a rear-end collision. It occurs when the head moves in a sharp back and forth motion, causing damage to the soft tissue in the neck. In many cases, injury symptoms take several hours or days to appear. The first signs of whiplash include:
- Limited neck mobility
- Pain and stiffness in the neck
- Dizziness or disorientation
- Depression, irritability and other mood issues
- Pain, tenderness or tingling in the shoulders, arms and upper back
- Poor concentration and memory
- Spinal injuries: The back and spine is a very sensitive part of the body, especially when met with the impact of a rear-end collision. It doesn't take much impact to cause a ruptured disk, or to damage the vertebrae or spinal cord. Damage to the spine can cause severe pain and limited mobility, and can take several months to recover from.
- Head injuries: The whipping motion of the head and neck doesn't only cause whiplash, but it can also result in a traumatic brain injury in a high-impact rear-end collision. The brain is a very sensitive part of the body. The impact of a crash can result in a mild traumatic brain injury, concussion or something far more severe. Head injuries can take several months to recover from. In severe cases, they can have a long-term or permanent effect on cognitive functioning.
- Burns, scrapes and bruises: Rear-end collisions can also result in scrapes and bruises when occupants are struck by car parts. The airbag can also deploy when a rear-end collision causes one car to hit another car, leading to burns.
What should I do if I'm involved in a rear-end collision?
After being involved in a rear-end collision, the three most critical things you should do include:
- Document the crash scene: Take pictures of the crash scene, speak to witnesses and obtain their contact information, and take note of the at-fault driver's behavior.
- Get medical attention: Many of the injuries mentioned above don't always produce immediate symptoms. Even if you feel fine after a rear-end collision, you should still seek prompt medical attention. This allows your doctor to catch the injury and provide treatment before it worsens. Additionally, it provides critical documentation of your medical evaluation.
- Consult with an attorney: Getting compensated for all damages accrued from your rear-end collision won't be easy. Insurance companies often aren't willing to pay what is owed to you. An experienced West Palm Beach car accident attorney can advocate for fair and complete compensation on your behalf.
To get started on your claim, contact David J. Glatthorn, P.A. and schedule your free and confidential case review.