Have you ever been involved in a rear-end crash? Careful driving is one of the best ways to prevent accidents, but you can never be sure how other drivers operate their vehicles. You may have stopped at a red light, not even assuming that the driver in the back lost control over their vehicle and hit you.
Rear-end collisions are sudden and happen out of nowhere. These accidents aren’t expected, and most drivers and passengers feel frightened and shocked, which is normal. These accidents don’t necessarily happen when you stop at the traffic light; they can happen at the parking lot, on a busy intersection, interstate, or four-way stop. Rear-end crashes can lead to serious injuries and you should always seek medical help. Even if you feel well after the collision, see a doctor so you can have a medical record.
In such cases, it’s best to consult with a Boston car accident attorney.
What Is a Rear-End Crash?
A rear-end crash is defined as an impact that happens when a vehicle hits another vehicle from the back. This is one of the most common accident on the road and is mostly caused by the following types of driving:
Rear-end accidents are often a result of drivers who drive aggressively. Tailgating is a perfect example of why such accidents happen. Aggressive driving also includes “road rage”, sudden stopping, speeding and improper passing.
Every driver can easily get distracted if they don’t pay full attention to the road. Texting, adjusting the AC, talking on the phone, eating are just a few of the distractions that can lead to an accident. It takes only a few seconds of distraction for the driver to lose control over their vehicle.
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol
Driving while intoxicated is illegal in all states. Besides that it’s a risk to drive when you aren’t sober; you could easily hurt yourself and others. The reactions you otherwise have when driving sober, are now slow, the vision isn’t clear, you aren’t able to pay your full attention, nor react fast.
Drowsy driving is often caused by drugs or alcohol (sometimes because of a medical condition or tiredness). It can lead to trouble focusing and lane drifting.
Havey rain, ice, snow, and strong winds can be a real problem for drivers. In such weather conditions, drivers aren’t able to see the road clearly, nor are able to stop on time (especially if the road is icy or wet), which is how rear-end collisions (chain accidents especially) happen.
Common Rear-End Collision Injuries
Rear-end crash injuries happen because of the force of the back car crashing the one in the front. In case the car in the back was speeding, and the front one was slow or stopped, the severity of the crash will be harsher. It’s important to see a doctor after this type of accident.
Neck, Back, and Spine Injuries
Most victims of rear-end collisions often end with neck, back, and spine injuries because of the force on their bodies during the crash. Neck injuries result from a whiplash (which is one of the most popular injuries that occur in such crashes). Whiplash damages the soft tissue to the neck which manifests through neck pain and stiffness, tenderness, or pain in the back, neck, and shoulders. Other symptoms are tingling or numbing in the arms and increase pain during neck movements.
Cuts and Scrapes
Rear-end collisions often lead to broken glass. In such a case it’s not uncommon to suffer cuts and scrapes. The glasses, loose objects, or debris may hit the driver and passengers during such crashes. Mild cuts and scrapes won’t need any major treatment, but if you have severe lacerations you might need stitches.
Fractures or Broken Bones
Broken legs, arms, wrists, fingers, ribs, or ankles are common injuries in accidents like these. Broken bones and fractures are painful and often need a long time to heal.
What to Do After a Rear-End Crash
First of all, it’s important to get out of the vehicle safely. Check if you are injured and if you are, make sure to get medical help as soon as possible. Get all the important information that will help you. Take photos of the accident if you can, take the info of potential witnesses, and report the accident to the police.
Call your car accident attorney as well. If you’re looking for one, here at Soto Law we’ll give you all the answers you need.