Rear-end collisions are the result of the front end of one car ramming into the rear bumper of another. As one of the more common and generally less damaging form of collisions, rear-end collisions tend to not be taken seriously. As with any car accident, speed and size of the cars involved play an important role. There are many things that can increase the risk of injury and damage during a rear-end collision.
These types of crashes are not always the fault of the driver in the back. Brake lights being out, stopping suddenly, and reckless driving are all ways that both parties involved can be at fault. Even for straightforward cases like these, contacting an attorney is always a good idea.
How Rear-End Collisions Occur
Many smaller rear-end collisions occur at stop lights, stop signs, or in traffic. In these situations, drivers are lulled into a false sense of security because they have slowed down. They change the radio station, adjust their GPS, or check their phone instead of looking ahead of themselves to gauge when to stop. Rear-end collisions that occur in these situations are sometimes called “fender-benders” because they occur at low speeds and result in only minor damage.
Other common causes of rear-end collisions:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Falling asleep while driving
- Dangerous weather conditions
- Aggressive driving
However, drivers can become so distracted or incapacitated that they don’t slow down at all. This can cause much more serious vehicle damage and more serious personal injuries than your typical fender-bender. This is especially true if one of the vehicles involved is a commercial truck or a biker.
If a commercial truck rear-ends another vehicle or gets rear-ended itself, risk of injury increases dramatically for the people in the passenger car. Passenger cars run the risk of getting stuck under the commercial truck if they hit one from behind, and they can be run over or pushed into oncoming traffic when hit from behind. If bikers are rear-ended by any type of vehicle, the biker is at a severe risk of injury. Often, bikers can be knocked forward off their bikes, sometimes flipping over the handlebars and onto the vehicle in front of them.
Common Injuries from Rear-End Collisions
The sudden shove from behind that drivers and passengers in stopped cars experience forces them suddenly forward and can wreak havoc on the neck, face, and spinal cord. The injury most commonly associated with rear-end collisions is whiplash. This can result in neck pain, loss of range of motion, fatigue, nerve impingement, headaches, and, if bad enough, blurred vision and memory problems.
Though whiplash is the most common injury, it is by no means the only one caused by rear-end collisions. Other injuries include:
- Facial fractures
- Seatbelt burns or lacerations
- Internal damage or bleeding
- Broken jaw and teeth
- Bruising and contusions
Regardless of the severity of your wreck, seek medical advice or help immediately afterward.
Get Legal Help for Your Rear-End Collision
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