Rear-End Collision Accident Injuries

3226153_lThe rear-end collision is the most common type of auto accident. Even at low to moderate speeds these accidents can cause serious injuries with life-long consequences. Whiplash is a very common injury in rear-end crashes, and the severity of the injury may not be realized at first. Symptoms can take days or weeks to appear, but the damage can be permanent. If you have been injured in a rear-end collision, seek immediate medical attention even if you do not feel like you have been injured.

Common Rear-End Accident Injuries

Common rear-end collision accident injuries include:

Neck and back injuries in rear-end collisions can include soft tissue injuries, herniated discs, and even spinal cord injuries.

Whiplash is an acceleration/deceleration which can injure the neck and brain. This type of brain injury occurs with no blow to the head and happens when the brain slams into the inside of the skull causing bruising and swelling, and can also involve tearing inside the brain.

Hand, wrist, and shoulder injuries are common for drivers, not passengers, because they are holding the steering wheel.

Seatbelts, Airbags, and Headrests

Rear-end collision injuries often involve the seatbelt, airbags, and headrest.

A headrest which is too low can cause neck injuries when the head and neck are allowed to snap back, hyperextending the neck. Properly functioning seat belts and airbags can cause injuries in these accidents and defective seatbelts and airbags can result in severe or fatal injuries which otherwise would not have occurred.

Always consult with experienced accident attorneys if you have suffered any injuries as a result of your motor vehicle accident.