As car accidents go, a rear-end accident probably doesn’t sound too bad. In fact, many people equate rear-end accidents with fender benders. Rear-end accidents, however, can be extremely dangerous and can result in long-lasting negative health consequences. If you were hit from behind by another vehicle, rule out potential injury by seeking immediate medical attention.
A rear-end collision can occur nearly anywhere—in a parking lot, on a residential street, or in high-speed traffic. These accidents are obviously less dangerous at lower speeds, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore attendant injuries—such injuries can intensify with time. At higher speeds, rear-end collisions can become extremely dangerous and can lead to serious injuries. If you were rear-ended (at any speed), do yourself a favor and seek immediate medical attention.
Rear-end accidents are common, and while distracted driving plays significant roles in most of them, a host of varied factors can cause them:
- Tailgating (a sign of aggressive driving)
- Suddenly changing lanes
- Allowing insufficient braking distances for road conditions
- Driving through road construction, on a detour, or in hazardous road conditions
- Driving on unsafe tires
- Encountering a sudden roadblock, such as a pileup
To allow yourself the time to detect changes in traffic and to react to those changes, keep enough driving distance between your vehicle and the ones ahead of you.
Even relatively minor rear-end accidents can cause injuries, and neck injuries such as whiplash are the most common. Whiplash is caused by the sudden whipping motion of your head with impact, and it can result in serious health consequences that can become chronic. Whiplash is associated with a range of symptoms:
- Stiff neck
- Extreme fatigue
- Jaw, arm, shoulder, or back pain
- Ringing ears
- Psychological symptoms, such as depression or anxiety
Take these symptoms seriously. The more quickly you’re diagnosed and treated, the better your prognosis.
Other Common Injuries
In addition to whiplash, other injuries are closely associated with rear-end accidents:
- Knee, ankle, and leg injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Facial lacerations (including lacerations of the eyes)
- Head injuries
Rear-end accidents can be extremely dangerous and can lead to serious injuries. Seek the medical attention you need, and allow your experienced car accident attorney to help guide your claim toward its best possible resolution.