Rear-End Accidents Are Not Always Minor

December 27, 2017 | Car Accidents

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 and by contacting an Indianapolis rear-end accident attorney for help.

Rear-End Collisions

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.

Contributing Factors

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
  • Headaches
  • Jaw, arm, shoulder, or back pain
  • Ringing ears
  • Dizziness
  • 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

Your Claim

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.

If You Were Injured in a Rear-End Accident, Contact Fountain Law Group Today

At the Fountain Law Firm, P.C., we have successfully helped many rear-end accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and related losses. To make sure that you receive all the compensation to which you are entitled, have an experienced car accident attorney handle your case. Attorney Merry Fountain can help you by meeting in her office or by meeting in your home. Call Merry Fountain anytime at (888) 242-HURT (4878) or write her online for a free consultation.