Rear end car wrecks can result in little to no damage or a totaled car. This type of collision is the most common type of accident in the United States. Low speed impacts can still cause serious injuries. Whiplash can occur at collisions less than 10 mph. Millions of people each year are injured in rear end accidents. A read-end car accident generally causes more damage to the cervical spine than side or frontal collisions do.
Common injuries of rear end car accidents
- Head and or face injury
- Broken bones
- Brain Injury
- Arm hand or wrist Injuries
- Injuries caused by wearing a seatbelt
Whiplash is probably the most common injury of any rear end accident. It’s common because of the forces involved in the collision itself. When you are hit in the rear, your body momentum thrust you forward and then slams you into the back of your seat. This whipping motion could cause tendons, muscle tissue, and ligament to stretch or tear.
Some quick facts about whiplash
- Symptoms could last 6 months or longer
- Symptoms could appear weeks or even months after your collision
- Whiplash occurs more in women than men.
- Whiplash tends to be more severe with women
- Whiplash injuries could require long term care
- Could have chronic pain years after
Whiplash is not only caused by being hit in a rear end collision, it can be caused by other things as well such as sports, airplanes, and train crashes.
Injuries to your head can be caused by a number of different things. Your head can be impaled on the dash, windshield, or even the airbag. Older cars pose a greater risk to injuries to your head. Your head could hit the dash or steering wheel resulting in a concussion, or a closed type head injury such as internal bleeding.
Your face could hit the steering wheel or dash causing lacerations, bruising and broken teeth. Your face could also be burned by the airbag itself along with your arms and hands. It is not common to get a facial injury from getting hit in a rear end accident.
Rear end accidents can cause broken bones in your neck, spine, arms, fingers, and wrist. I had friend who was hit and the airbag deployed. She had her arm across the steering wheel. This in turn took her arm and shot it into her head, she broke her arm.
Brain injuries can result from your head getting trust around in the car and striking an object. This object might be the steering wheel, side rest, or dashboard. These types of injuries are dangerous and should be addressed by medical professionals. You could also suffer bruising on the brain and internal bleeding.
Wrist & Hand
Wrist and hand injuries after a rear end accident could be that you were aware the collision was going take place and braced for impact. You extended your arms and locked them in such a way that the rear end collision could have caused you to break them.This is also true for your legs and feet. You really pushed down on that brake pedal right before that rear end accident. It’s possible to fracture your foot or ankle.
Injuries from seat belts
Seatbelts are mandatory in most states. Although they were designed to save your life, it is possible that they could also hurt you in the process. You could suffer injuries from seat belts in a rear end accident. Seat belts are designed to tighten and lock when they are moved very abruptly. When you body gets thrust forward, the seat belt does not move. This can cause severe bruising to your stomach area. An improperly worn seat belt could even cost you your life in a rear end accident. I have seen some folks wear the shoulder portion behind their back; this should be avoided at all cost. The shoulder portion of the seatbelt is designed to keep you from hitting the dash or steering wheel.
Injuries from airbags
I was once an investigator for a law firm. I have personally seen a young lady get hit, her airbag deployed. As it did so, it burned her face pretty bad. It is not common for airbags to go off when you are in a rear end accident, but they could deploy.
It has been proven you can be injured in a rear end accident at very slow speeds. There are a lot of dynamics that take place when two cars hit each other. If you are in a 6000 lb truck and strike a small compact car at low speed, you could be injured.
Headrest why are they there
Headrest can play an important role once you have been involved in a rear end auto accident. As your head gets trust forward, it comes back. If your headrest is improperly adjusted, this could cause more serious injuries to your neck and spine.
Light damage does not mean light injury
Just because your car did not suffer a lot of damage from the rear end accident, does not mean you did not. Insurance companies like to think so, but it has been proven otherwise. Injuries from rear end accidents can occur at speeds of less than 12 mph.
Knowing or not knowing you are about to be hit in a rear end auto accident also plays into the injuries you may sustain. Knowing you are going to be hit will cause you to tense up your muscles. Not knowing and you are relaxed.
There are more injuries associated with rear end accidents; these are just the most common injuries. If you have been involved in a rear end accident, make sure to see a doctor. Even if you don’t feel hurt at the time of the accident. It’s important to make sure you and your passengers get the medical care they need after a rear end accident