When you are rear-ended by another driver, more than likely the other driver is at fault. A rear-end accident occurs when one driver's vehicle strikes the back end of another motorist's automobile.
Rear-end collisions can result in serious injuries. The occupants of the vehicle that is struck from behind are thrust forward by the force of the collision before being whipped back into position.
Here are several injuries that may result from a rear-end collision.
Whiplash injuries often result from rear-end accidents and affect the spine and its alignment. Since the occupants of the vehicle that is rear-ended may have no warning that the accident is about to occur, they are unable to brace themselves for the impact. The spine is unprotected by stiffened muscles and may be forcefully thrown out of alignment.
Prompt medical treatment can help immobilize the spine to protect it from further injury. Even if a victim is only experiencing minor spinal discomfort after an accident, when it comes to asking for medical assistance, it is best to err on the side of caution. Some serious spinal injuries present with minor discomforts initially.
If a car or truck is struck from behind, the driver and front passenger may be injured by deployed airbags The force of the bag against the head of a person can cause bruising, cuts and even concussions.
If an accident victim experiences head pain, nausea, vomiting or dizziness after the incident, he or she may have a concussion. X-rays and other diagnostic imaging procedures can help determine the severity of head injury.
Some head injuries affect the brain. As a result of a rear-end collision, an accident victim can incur swelling, hemorrhaging or other damage to the brain. If a brain injury is not treated in a timely manner, brain damage may be permanent.
Arm, Hand and Wrist Problems
An accident victim may brace for a rear-end impact by locking his or her arms in an outstretched position. This stiffening paired with the collision force can cause fractures to the bones of the arm, hand and wrist. In addition, the muscles may be sprained or strained.
Bruising of the Torso
Although a seatbelt helps to protect an accident victim, the forward thrust of a rear-end collision can cause the torso of an accident victim to be bruised by the restraint. If lacerations or extreme bruising occurs, medical treatment may be necessary.
If you have been injured in a rear-end collision, contact a personal injury attorney in your local area.