Rear-end collisions account for roughly one in every three car accidents in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Although they are often referred to as “minor” accidents, these crashes can result in severe injuries or even loss of life—and victims should carefully consider whether to pursue an injury case to recover compensation.
Common Injuries Suffered in Rear-End Collisions
A rear-end accident occurs when a following car strikes the vehicle ahead of it, making contact with the back bumper. Since these accidents often occur at low speeds, victims may refuse medical treatment after the crash, assuming that their injuries are not serious. However, many suffer an onset of pain and symptoms in the days that follow. They may have to take time off work, and they may incur medical costs long after the person who caused the crash has driven away.
Thousands of injuries occur every year as a result of rear-end crashes, including:
One of the most common injuries associated with rear-end accidents is whiplash, which can cause extreme pain in the head, neck, or back. A sudden rear impact causes a driver’s head to jerk backward, then slam forward as he is caught by the seatbelt.
Head and facial injuries.
Victims may suffer nose fractures or traumatic brain injuries as their heads make contact with the headrest or airbag, while glass from a shattered windshield can cause facial cuts (lacerations) that result in permanent scarring.