Common Injuries from Rear-End Car Wrecks
Your whole world can change in literally the blink of an eye. It takes just a split second for a fender bender to occur, and even if the accident seems minor, your injuries might not be. For example, a car traveling at just five miles per hour can cause whiplash upon impact, leading to chronic pain and a lifetime of discomfort if not treated. Most people don’t think they need to seek medical care if they’ve been in a low-speed crash, yet this is often exactly when more extensive medical treatment is required. Many such wrecks occur when one car rear-ends another.
Hitting a car from behind is one of the most common types of accidents. Studies have shown that the most serious rear-end collisions happen when the occupants in the front car don’t have time to brace for impact. The sudden jerking motion can be very harmful to the spine because it doesn’t have time to stabilize itself. Of course, realizing that a crash is imminent is no guarantee of avoiding neurological injury, because many body parts tense up in anticipation of contact. Occupant position also has an effect on injury location and severity. For example, a driver may be knocked forward into the steering wheel, but also may be able to hold onto it for support in anticipation of a crash. According to research, impacts up to 15 mph affect the right front seat passenger more than the driver.
Even if you don’t think you’re injured after being involved in a motor vehicle accident, it’s imperative to a successful claim that you seek medical attention. Be aware that your injuries can take 24 hours — or even several days — after the collision to produce pain or discomfort, and damage can take months to heal. The need for sustained medical care, including long-term physical therapy or a lifetime of home health care, can stem from a seemingly minor rear-end collision, and financial compensation from the negligent parties may be the only way to ensure the best possible recovery. It’s difficult to plan for these possibilities immediately following the stress of a car wreck, so the best rule to follow is to get yourself checked out right away.
Injuries commonly associated with rear-end wrecks include:
While there is no reliable way to avoid getting hit, proper headrest position is potentially the best protection against serious injury in the event of a rear-end collision. Research has shown that well-designed, correctly adjusted head restraints can lower injures in rear-impact crashes by 24 to 44 percent. The top of the headrest should be level with the top of your head, and it should be as close to the back of your head as possible. Note that a headrest that is too low can allow the head to roll back over the top, causing more hyper-extension.
If you’ve been injured in a rear-end accident, are the survivor of a someone who was killed by a negligent driver, or has any questions about this topic, you can find out more by contacting experienced Louisiana vehicle wreck attorney Chris Roy Jr, founder of the Chris J. Roy, Jr. Law Firm. Having practiced law for nearly 30 years, he takes pride in helping accident victims in Alexandria, Pineville, Rapides Parish, Grant Parish, Avoyelles Parish, Allen Parish, Vernon Parish, and throughout Central Louisiana. Benefit from his assistance and knowledge by contacting the firm for a free initial consultation. Call 1-318-487-9537 to get help today.