Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents. These types of crashes occur 1.7 million times and result in around 1,700 deaths and 500,000 injuries annually. These are tragic numbers and a sobering wake-up call, as many rear-end collisions are the result of distracted driving.
NECK INJURIES CAUSED BY REAR-END COLLISIONS
One of the most common injuries people sustain in a rear-end collision is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the back car hits the front car causing the front car’s driver’s neck to move forward and back rapidly in a whip-like motion. While not every case of whiplash is severe, and in many cases is healed within a few weeks with limited medical intervention, it can be a serious injury.
Symptoms of whiplash include:
- Stiff neck
- Difficulty concentrating
It is also worth noting that symptoms of whiplash might not manifest themselves immediately. Even if you feel fine after a rear-end car collision, you may want to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Trained medical professionals will be able to determine the extent of your injuries and tell you what to watch out for as you progress.
BACK INJURIES CAUSED BY REAR-END COLLISIONS
Back injuries are another common type of injury caused by rear-end collisions and can range in severity from minor all the way up to life-altering and debilitating.
Some of the most common back injuries include:
- Spinal fractures
- Herniated disks
- Partial or complete paralysis
Because the treatment for these different injuries varies greatly depending on their severity, it is important to consult a doctor immediately after a rear-end collision. If your injuries are serious – especially if they involve the spine – the road to recovery could be long and include hospital stays, surgeries, medication, and physical therapy.