A rear-end collision occurs when a vehicle strikes the vehicle in front of it. These types of accidents are very common and range from fender benders to serious crashes with significant injuries and even fatalities.
The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) reports that up to 28% of all car accidents are rear-end collisions. Some common causes include:
- Driver distraction
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Driver fatigue
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Improperly working brakes
- Poor road conditions
Don't Underestimate the Severity of Injury from a Rear-End Collision
Often victims of rear-end collisions don't feel the full impact of their injuries right away. It may take days or even longer for symptoms to appear.
Because of the way the body is forced to move in this type of accident, whiplash is a very common injury. In a rear-end crash, the body is jerked forward when the car is hit from behind. In the next instant, the head and neck quickly whip back and forward resulting in damaged ligaments, muscles and nerves.
Rear-end collisions can also cause lacerations, bone fractures and spinal cord damage. The injuries will be even worse if the head restraints are inadequate or if the vehicle occupants are not wearing seat belts.
Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is often experienced in these crashes. A TBI is caused by the violent shaking of the head where the brain strikes against the inside of the skull. The resulting damage to the brain can be severe and can cause permanent disability and even death.
Get Medical Help Right Away
In the immediate aftermath of a rear-end collision, you may feel that you don't need emergency medical treatment. But you do need medical attention right away. Go directly to a hospital emergency room or your doctor for assessment.
It's incredible but true that an insurance company might try to minimize the claimed damages in a low speed rear-end collision - especially if the victims did not obtain emergency medical treatment.
In most rear-end collisions, the driver who drove into the rear end of the other car is at fault, unless the driver of the front car drove negligently or did something illegal. A victim of an accident like this may be eligible to file a liability claim for full compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation, physical therapy, lost wages and other associated costs.
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If you or a family member has been injured in a car accident or any other type of personal injury, you need an attorney with the right experience in these cases. We will work hard for you and pursue compensation for your physical and emotional injuries. Please call The Francis Law Group for a free consultation. Attorney Tony Francis, personal injury attorney in Orlando, will fight to get you the compensation that you and your family deserve. You can reach us at 407-363-9939 or contact us via the website.