There are a number of different types of car accidents in which a person can be involved, including head-on crashes, sideswipe accidents, side-impact collisions, and rollover accidents, the devastation of which our Los Angeles car accident attorneys have seen firsthand. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that as many as one-third of all traffic accidents in the country fall under the category of rear-end collisions.
Unfortunately, even minor rear-end accidents can result in severe injuries, primarily affecting the neck and back, so it is important for those who are injured in these types of accidents through no fault of their own to seek damages from the at-fault party who caused their accident and so recover compensation for related medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To learn more about filing a claim against the person who caused your own rear-end collision, please contact one of our dedicated Los Angeles personal injury attorneys for assistance.
How Common are Rear-End Collision Injuries?
According to the most recent data published by the NHTSA, of the nearly 2.4 million rear-end car accidents that occurred in 2016, more than 700,000 resulted in injury to at least one of the motorists involved. Although these injuries ranged in both type and severity, most involved injury to the neck and back, which is largely due to the fact that the neck and back sustain the majority of the impact in these kinds of collisions. The facet joints connecting each of the vertebrae in a person’s spine are particularly at risk of becoming compressed, which can cause limited movement, permanent nerve damage, and pain.
Neck and Back Injuries
While no two back and neck injuries are exactly alike, there are a few types of injuries that tend to affect rear-end collision victims more than others, including:
- Whiplash, which involves damage to the soft tissue in the upper back and neck;
- Spinal fractures, which occur when the vertebrae are pushed out of place or become overly compressed;
- Herniated discs, which occur when the discs between the vertebrae are shifted out of place due to impact; and
- General spinal cord injuries, which in serious cases can result in paralysis.
It’s important to note that the severity of the neck and back injuries sustained by a victim of a rear-end crash also opened son the age and general health of the parties involved, as well as the speed at which the vehicles were traveling prior to the collision, and the number of vehicles involved in the crash.
Rear-end collision injuries are notorious for causing delayed symptoms, which initially lead motorists to believe that they escaped their crash without injury. In fact, symptoms like back or neck pain, stiffness, a loss of sensation, or limited movement can take days or even weeks to fully manifest. For this reason, those who are involved in rear-end collisions are encouraged to visit a doctor as soon as possible after the crash. This can ensure that there is a strong medical record that links a person’s injury to a specific collision and also ensures that the injured party receives treatment as soon as possible.
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