Common Injuries Caused by Rear End Collisions
While having a car is a necessity, there are certain safety risks that come along with having this modern day convenience. While you do everything you can to be safe on the road and drive defensively, being involved in a rear-end collision in most cases happens when you least expect it — and out of your control. While hopefully you’ll never have to experience a rear-end collision, here are the three most common injuries that can happen as a result.
According to the Mayo Clinic, whiplash usually happens when your head is quickly jerked forward and back by a powerful force. That’s the kind of motion you may experience when you have to brake suddenly. With rear-end collisions, the force is significantly more powerful, and the movements take place even faster. Symptoms of whiplash can include neck pain, headaches, and even dizziness. If it’s a particularly bad case of whiplash, eyesight and memory may be affected. While the effects of whiplash could dissipate after a few weeks, they could also linger and in the most serious cases, have a long-term impact.
2. Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries can emerge as a result of a traumatic blow to the spine itself, or the ligaments and disks in the spine. The blow doesn’t necessarily have to crush or fracture any parts of the spine. Any dislocation can cause incredible amounts of pain and discomfort.
Aside from the pain and discomfort, a spinal cord injury can also adversely affect your movement and in some of the most severe cases, can cause an individual to lose control over certain bodily functions.
3. Broken Ribs
Car accidents are also among the leading causes of broken ribs. The difficulty with broken ribs is that you can’t always tell if you have one. The pain that is caused by a fractured rib is often only felt if you put your body in certain positions or when laughing or coughing.
Injuries that could stem from a rear-end collision should not be taken lightly. If you’ve been involved in a rear-end collision, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Whether you’ve sustained a traumatic brain injury, whiplash or any other injury, contact Viles & Beckman, LLC today at (239) 334-3933 to learn what to do next.