When you’re sitting in traffic or waiting for the lights to change at an intersection, the last thing you expect is for another vehicle to come careering into the back of you. This element of surprise in rear-end collisions is largely what makes them so dangerous. If you can’t see what’s coming, you have no chance to brace yourself before impact.
The consequences of such an impact can be catastrophic. Outlined below are some of the more severe injury risks associated with rear-end collisions.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
It doesn’t get any more serious than injuries to the head. A rear-end collision, even at a lower speed, can result in the head jarring back and forth and even hitting part of the vehicle’s interior. This can result in external injuries such as lacerations and open fractures, and even more serious internal injuries such as hemorrhaging. Often, the recovery period for such injuries can be extensive, and victims may even require lifelong support.
Damage to the neck and spine
The force of a rear-end impact can place the spine and neck under severe pressure. Frequently, affected parties can suffer from herniated discs, which are extremely painful and generally require thorough medical treatment. In the most serious cases, the spine can sustain permanent damage. Partial spinal injuries significantly impact a person’s ability to function and if the spinal cord is severed, the injury may prove to be fatal or life-altering.
A rear-end collision can take an immense toll on both your body and your emotions. If you have been hurt because of someone else’s conduct on the roads, you should explore your legal rights to compensation.