Rear-end collisions are the most common accident type. And, in most cases, they are entirely preventable, most often caused by driver inattention. While some rear-enders are minor events, others can be serious. This is particularly the case when speeding is involved. Let’s look at some of the most common injuries that can happen in a rear-end collision.
1. Whiplash. Whiplash is an injury of the neck. It happens when the head moves forward and then suddenly snaps back. Many times, whiplash has a delayed onset of symptoms. Initially, a crash victim may feel fine only to have the pain, stiffness, and headaches appear days later.
2. Back pain. The jolting effect of being struck from behind can cause back pain and soreness. Sometimes, the collision could trigger a hernieted disc or another back condition that could require surgery.
3. Traumatic brain injuries. A brain injury can happen if the head strikes any part of the inside of the car with enough force. These can be very serious injuries with slow recovery times. Furthermore, a TBI may impact your ability to work and engage in daily tasks as normal.
4. Broken bones and fractures. Sometimes, a driver will excessively grip the steering well just prior to impact. As your body lurches forward, your wrist or arms may become fractured.
5. Anxiety. Being in a car crash can have negative outcomes on your mental health, too. Anxiety, depression, increased levels of stress, and sleep disturbances are common. Some victims may become fearful about driving again.
Everyone’s path to recovery will look different. But if you find that you are facing mounting medical bills and missing time from work following your rear-end collision, it’s time to call an attorney for help. An attorney can file a claim for compensation on your behalf.
Our attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means you won’t be charged a fee if we don’t win your case. Give us a call today to see if we can help.