On behalf of Perrotta, Lamb & Johnson, LLC posted in blog on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.
Did you know that a rear-ender is the most common type of vehicle accident? It makes up about 40 percent of all traffic accidents reported in the U.S.
Do you think that a rear-end crash is no big deal in terms of injuries? Think again. If you are the victim of this kind of collision, you should seek immediate medical treatment, even if you are able to get out of your car and walk away.
The most common injury associated with a rear-end collision is hypertension involving the neck, better known as whiplash. The impact causes the neck to snap back and forth, a motion that is outside the normal range of movement. While whiplash is not always serious, problems with pinched nerves or herniated cervical discs may result. The impact could also cause injury to the middle and lower back where sprains and strains are common.
Other possible injuries
Head injuries are not uncommon in a rear-end crash. If violent enough, the impact can actually cause brain damage, inasmuch as your brain could smash against the inside of your skull. Injuries to your head and face can also occur if you hit the steering wheel upon impact. The lesser results could be cuts and bruises; the major results could be a concussion or a more serious brain injury.
If your lower limbs come in contact with the dashboard, you could sustain some serious injuries to your knees, lower legs and ankles, including broken bones.
Factors that lead to injury
If you are wearing your seatbelt, it will probably tighten upon impact, which could leave you with internal injuries. Your position in your seat also plays a part in the kind of injury you sustain.
What to do
Your first step following a rear-end collision is to seek medical attention; remember that you may have invisible health issues and unseen injuries you did not expect. Your next step is to seek legal counsel. You will need an advocate to help protect your rights and ensure that your claim for financial compensation to cover your injuries is skillfully handled.