If you’ve ever witnessed or been involved in a vehicle accident, the chances are good it was a rear-end collision. These are some of the most common collision types and, in the best case scenario, they result in only minor damage to a vehicle. Unfortunately, many accidents don’t fall into the “best case scenario” category.
Rear-end collisions can be devastating for someone injured in these accidents. Even injuries that might be considered “minor” can have long-lasting effects on a person’s health. Let’s look at some common injuries in rear-end collisions.
- Whiplash – The force of a rear-end collision often leads to a severe jolt to occupants of a vehicle. This jolt can force a person’s head and neck to strain and lead to whiplash, one of the most common injuries suffered in car accidents. Whiplash can be very painful and linger for a long time, restricting someone’s ability to perform routine tasks and requiring extensive medical treatment.
- Brain Injuries – The impact of a rear-end collision may also cause a jolt to the head, which can potentially cause a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries can range from mild injuries, such as concussions, to more severe cognitive impairment that impacts a person’s ability to process language and form memories.
- Seatbelt-Related Injuries – While seatbelts are vital to protecting drivers from harm, they can also cause severe bruising or internal injuries if the impact of a collision is significant. A rear-end collision might force someone forward against the restraint of a seatbelt, causing fractures, organ damage, whiplash or severe bruising.
- Broken Bones – A rear-end collision can cause a vehicle to compress, leading to serious injuries like complex fractures. Broken hips, ankles and wrists are just a few examples of fractures that can occur in rear-end collisions. These fractures are expensive, painful and extremely debilitating.
No two collisions are the same. A rear-end collision can cause any number of injuries. In many cases, someone will suffer several injuries in one vehicle accident. To make matters worse, a crash victim might not be fully aware of the injuries they’ve suffered, largely because the human body often goes into shock after a crash. It’s for this reason that anyone involved in a car wreck should seek immediate medical attention to make sure they haven’t suffered a serious injury.
It’s also important for crash victims to understand that if their collision was caused by a negligent driver, they can file a personal injury claim to receive compensation for the costs of their injuries. Personal injury claims can help a person pay for property damage, medical bills and lost wages stemming from a vehicle crash.
If you or a loved one has suffered a rear-end collision in Southern California, we encourage you to reach out to Neale & Fhima to learn more about your legal options. Our team will provide you with skilled, experience representation to get you the compensation you deserve. To learn more about personal injury claims in California, contact Neale & Fhima to schedule a free consultation with our attorneys. Fill out our online contact form or give us a call at 949-661-1007.