When a front of a vehicle crashes another vehicle from the rear, it is called a rear-end collision. The extent of the accident can vary from a minor bruise to a totaled car/vehicle. Moreover, it can also cause minor to severe injuries. In such a case, you’re owed compensation for the injuries suffered and other damages. A car accident attorney can help.
Common injuries after a rear end collision
Rear end collisions can cause physical injuries to the driver and other passengers. Here are the most common injuries after a rear-end collision.
- Neck injuries/Whiplash: Injuries to the neck, shoulder, and upper back are likely to occur in a rear end collision due to sudden jerk. Most often, the muscles/ligaments of the neck or shoulder stretch beyond range very quickly that causes straining or tearing of the tissue. If minor, these injuries can be cured with physiotherapy or medicines to reduce inflammation. However, a severe injury may need surgical intervention.
- Back or spinal injuries: The force and impact of a rear-end, especially if the vehicle was in speed, can cause severe back and spinal injuries. Spinal injuries are often serious and tend to take a long time to heal or become a lifelong condition. Bulging/herniated discs, facet joint injuries are common outcomes of rear end collisions. The treatment is often long-term and expensive. These conditions can also disrupt the day to day life of the victim.
- Fractured ribs: A rear end collision pushes the driver and other passenger forward. Depending on the severity of the jerk, people may end up with fractured ribs or other broken bones. In addition to being extremely painful, broken bones and fractured ribs take a long time to heal. They also restrict movement of the victim and hampers their ability to carry out daily tasks.
In addition to the above, rear end collisions of high severity can also cause face disfigurement, paralysis, head/brain injuries, etc.
While physical injuries do occur, such accidents also cause trauma that leads to an impact on the mental health of the victim. The post-accident trauma, medical expenses, losing income, etc. can put additional pressure on the victim’s mind causing distress.
Steps to take after a rear-end collision
If you’ve been injured in a rear-end collision, you deserve a settlement. This means that the person who causes the crash should pay you for all the damages caused. It is best to seek legal help from a car accident attorney to get the compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident involving a rear-end collision, you need the car accident lawyer, contact Siler & Ingber today. Call us on 1-877-529-4343 or complete our online form on this page to schedule a case evaluation with one of our experienced car accident lawyers. Our consultation is free and we do not charge a fee unless we win your case.