If you have been driving for more than a few years, you have probably witnessed at least one rear-end car accident. After all, according to the National Safety Council, rear-end collisions account for almost 20% of all motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. This is likely due to distracted driving, tailgating and speeding.
Because rear-end accidents are common, they might not seem to be as serious as other types of crashes. Still, these collisions can be catastrophic, often causing life-altering injuries and even death. Why are rear-end accidents so serious, though?
As you probably know, whiplash is a common injury in rear-end collisions. The injury, which occurs when the head moves violently in many directions, is not usually life-threatening. Nevertheless, those with whiplash often have a risk of developing life-threatening complications, such as stroke or internal bleeding.
Even though the spinal column is strong, it might be no match for the extreme forces a rear-end collision can generate. Indeed, these forces can cause vertebrae to fracture. If that happens, a person has some risk of developing permanent paralysis.
For both drivers and passengers, wearing seat belts can cut injury risk substantially. Naturally, though, if individuals hit their heads during rear-end collisions, they might sustain serious brain injuries. Brain injuries can lead to personality changes, learning difficulties and other problems.
While responsible and defensive driving can minimize a person’s chances of being in rear-end collisions, it might not be possible to avoid one forever. Ultimately, if you suffer a major injury in a rear-end accident, you might be eligible for considerable financial compensation.