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Rear-end crashes are more dangerous than you probably think

On Behalf of | Jan 31, 2023 | Car Accidents

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.

Brain injuries

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.


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