Rear-End Car Crashes With In-Your-Face Injuries
Rear-end collisions are some of the most common types of auto accidents on the roads. They frequently happen at D.C.’s intersections, construction zones, in heavy traffic areas like the Capital Beltway, and other traffic locations where cars accelerate and then must suddenly decelerate. In most cases, the trailing vehicle is not prepared to stop when the car in front of them does. Frequently, driver distractions are a main cause of this.
This probably seems like common sense, but the truth is, the science behind these types of crashes is actually rather complex, and the injuries that result can be extremely severe.
Common Rear-End Car Crash Injuries
- Neck Injuries can occur when the neck suddenly snaps forward and then backward during a rear-end crash. Also known as whiplash, this can be permanent and disabling. Herniated disks in the neck could require multiple surgeries to repair.
- Back injuries, like sprains and strains, can cause permanent damage to disks or the spinal cord. This could cause partial or complete paralysis, along with debilitating back pain that limits movement and mobility.
- Face and head injuries, such as lacerations, fractures and concussions can be caused by striking the windshield, the steering wheel, or the dashboard. A closed-head injury can occur when the brain collides with the inside of a skull during a sudden, intense crash.
- Seat belt injuries can occur due to the violent force exerted in some rear-end collisions. The lap belt can damage the spinal cord, and the cross-body restraints can cause bruising or broken bones across the clavicle and rib cage.
- Airbag injuries frequently occur when the bags are deployed. These may include chemical burns, broken bones, and crushing injuries to the face and upper body.
Factors Contributing To Rear-End Accident Injuries
Any injuries that passengers experience may be determined by where they are sitting, whether or not they were aware of the impending crash, the size and design of the vehicle, whether or not seat belts were used, and the positioning of any headrests.
If you’re injured in a rear-end crash, your injuries could have long-term effects that last way beyond a few doctors visits or a hospital stay. It’s important to have a knowledgeable attorney on your side to help you understand your rights. Contact us today to learn more.