Rear-end accidents are some of the most common accidents on the roads, accounting for 29 percent of all accidents, according to a recent study from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). Because of the nature of the crash, rear-end accidents can come with no warning. This means they have a strong potential to be devastating.
Obviously, rear-end collisions can cause serious damage to the vehicles involved. In the wrong circumstances they can lead to equally serious injuries to the occupants of one or both vehicles.
One of the most frequent causes of rear-end accidents is inattention on the part of the driver in the vehicle behind the other. A distracted driver can look away from the road for a second, which at high speeds can be disastrous.
Driver distraction is the most common cause of rear-end accidents. NHTSA figures indicate that 64 percent of drivers in rear-end accidents weren’t looking at the road when the accident happened. So if your car was struck from behind, it’s possible that the other driver was looking at his or her phone or was otherwise distracted at the time of the accident.
Cell phones are the most common source of distraction, but we all know there’s no shortage of potential sources of distraction while driving. A fly could get trapped in the car and buzz by someone’s ear. A driver could reach down to adjust the radio settings. A child in the backseat could start crying.
Whatever the cause of the distraction, a driver who is not paying attention to the road is far more likely to cause an accident than a non-distracted driver. There’s a reason distraction causes nearly two-thirds of all rear-end accidents.
What are the Most Common Injuries Sustained in Accidents?
Any type of injury can occur in an accident, but here are some of the most likely to occur:
The most severe neck injuries are injuries to the spinal cord, which can lead to partial or total paralysis below the site of the injury.
Leg and Knee Injuries
If the accident is severe enough, the structure of the vehicle can crush an individual’s legs and knees under the force of the impact.
Broken bones can lead to severe pain and suffering and always require an emergency room visit. The most severe broken bones are called compound fractures. These occur when the broken bone punctures the skin and protrudes from the rest of the body.
As with neck injuries, the most severe back injuries happen when there is damage to the spinal cord.
A concussion happens when the brain is rapidly moved forward and back, impacting the inside of the skull. A light concussion is a fairly mild injury that can be taken care of with a few days of rest, but a serious concussion can have life-long consequences.
What Legal Options Do You Have?
If you’ve suffered an injury because of another driver’s negligence, it’s possible that you’re eligible for a personal injury claim. At a minimum, a personal injury claim should cover medical bills, lost wages, and any pain and suffering you could have suffered because of your injuries. If you have a strong case, the insurance company is likely to offer you an out-of-court settlement.
If the insurance company has already offered you a settlement, you should talk to a legal professional before accepting it. Insurance companies will often try to get away with offering you as little as they possibly can, so talking to an experienced attorney is an important safeguard to make sure you’re getting what you’re entitled to.
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