Most Common Injuries Caused by Rear-End Collisions

Table of Contents

  1. What Happens During a Rear-End Collision?
  2. What Can Help Prevent These Types of Injuries
  3. Who Should I Call if I was Hit From Behind in a Wreck?

Rear-End Collisions are the most common type of auto accident that our clients in Georgia experience.

There are various injuries affiliated with each collision that occurs, and the victims are left to deal with the pain, suffering, disability, medical bills, missed work, and ongoing treatment and recovery for months and even years.

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What Happens During a Rear-End Collision? 

Rear-end accidents usually happen when a distracted driver runs their car into the back of another.

This means the front bumper of the at-fault driver’s car collides with the back of another vehicle, causing a “fender bender.”

Even though these kinds of impacts can occur at relatively low speeds, they can still result in severe injuries.

In fact, a rear-end collision that occurs at five miles per hour can still cause significant injuries and pain.

7 Significant Injuries Associated with Rear-end Vehicle Crashes 
  • Concussion
  • Whiplash
  • Broken Bones
  • Brain Injury
  • Disfigurement
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal Cord Injury

After being involved in an accident, the body is most likely to have injured the skeletal structure and its surrounding nerves. 

This results in a whiplash-like injury after almost any rear-end crash. 

Truck getting rear-ended by a box truckWhen a driver and passengers have no warning of an on-coming accident, they are more likely to be severely injured than someone who sees a crash coming.

This is because the spine does not have time to stabilize and brace itself against the impending impact.

Most importantly, it is crucial to remember that these types of soft tissue injuries normally do not appear immediately following the accident.

The release of adrenaline and other natural hormones temporarily masks the injury and pain symptoms for a day to even weeks.

Therefore, it is crucial that anyone involved in a crash still see a doctor following the incident regardless if you think it is necessary or not.

The faster you seek medical attention after your rear-end collision, the better chance you have of a full recovery.

Additionally, it is necessary to see a doctor and have your injuries documented if you wish to file a claim, seek legal representation and obtain a monetary settlement for your injuries.

The Extent of Your Injuries Depends on These Factors

  • Type of Vehicles Involved
  • Rate of Speed
  • Location of Impact
  • If Seatbelts Were Worn
  • Airbag Deployment
  • Seat Back Angle
  • Seat Back and Headrest Height

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What Can Help Prevent These Types of Injuries

Surprisingly, headrests can be the most significant source of protection against whiplash in rear-end collisions.

Woman Injured after hitting head on Steering Wheel After a Rear-End CollisionThe headrest prevents the head from being over-extended backward, but if the headrest is too low, it can cause even more damage.

When a headrest is set too low, and your car is struck by another vehicle, your head has the possibility of rolling over the top of the headrest.

This can result in a dangerous and painful hyper-extension.

Bracing oneself by holding the steering wheel before impact causes slightly less damage to the body.

Although, this can only be done on rare occasions when a person sees the accident coming before they are struck.

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Who Should I Call if I Was Hit From Behind in a Wreck?

If your auto injury was due to the carelessness of another driver, an experienced personal injury attorney from The Brown Firm can help you file a claim and handle the insurance company.

Car hit from behind causing damage and injuriesHiring an attorney to represent you is always the right choice for a motor vehicle accidents. It will give you time to heal and recover stress-free, while your attorney fights for your right to financial compensation for medical bills, damages, and pain and suffering.

The personal injury attorneys at The Brown Firm are eager to help you obtain the settlement you deserve.

If you were hurt in a rear-end collision, call The Brown Firm today. 

Our Auto Accident Injury Lawyers offer the best representation for victims of rear-end car accident injuries in Georgia.

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