Were you rear ended by another driver? Be on the lookout for these injuries.
You might think that rear-end collisions are not as serious as other types of car accidents, but consider this—according to the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration, this type of car accident makes up nearly a third of all automobile accidents. While most rear end collisions don’t result in death, they can still have serious consequences.
Want to learn more? Here are some of the most common injuries that occur after a rear-end accident.
No doubt you’ve heard of whiplash, but what exactly is it? It is one of the most common injuries that results from being rear ended. Essentially, when your are in a rear end collision, your head and neck may extend beyond their normal range of motion. The sudden movement back and forth—like a whip—can strain or tear soft tissues in the neck, such as cartilage or spinal discs.
Even if the airbag deploys, the head can still sustain serious damage in a rear-end accident. If the airbags don’t deploy and the head strikes the dashboard or steering wheel, fracture and brain damage can occur. Head injuries can last weeks, months, years, or even the rest of your life. Be sure to pay attention to any changes in ability following a car accident in which a head injury takes place. It could signal a much deeper problem.
Broken ribs are another common injury that drivers and passengers can sustain when they get rear ended. Whether the fractures are caused by a seatbelt, the frame of the car, or loose objects striking you in the car, it’s important to note any difficulties breathing in the weeks following an accident.
Broken Wrists and Arms
When someone is rear ended while driving, it’s not uncommon for them to sustain broken bones in the hands, wrists, and arms. The reason for this is usually because the driver’s hands are on the steering wheel at the time of impact.
Spinal Fracture and Injury
It doesn’t take much force to cause serious damage to the spine. Even seemingly minor accidents can lead to life-altering injuries. When the spine compresses from impact, fracture and damage to the discs can occur. If you are in an auto accident, it’s important to pay attention if your back begins to hurt.
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