Common Rear-End Collision Injuries

Rear-end accidents may seem like harmless fender benders.

However, injuries from being rear-ended can be catastrophic and life-altering.

Be wary of the rear-ended injury symptoms that may manifest after the accident.

Never presume you were left unscathed after a rear-end collision. Go to the hospital or schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately for a check-up.

At Bensinger Legal Services, we believe every personal injury victim is entitled to compensation for injuries caused by the negligence of others. Our experienced legal team will collect evidence to prove your injuries from the rear-end collision.

Read on to learn more about common rear-end collision injuries.

Feel free to reach out to us online or call (419) 455-1410 today to schedule a free, confidential consultation.

1. Whiplash

Whiplash is an injury caused when the neck jerks violently back and forth, putting excessive stress on it. It is one of the most common rear-end accident injuries. When a vehicle hits the rear of another vehicle, the occupant in the latter vehicle is forced forward from the impact and then swings back, creating a back-and-forth motion similar to the movement of a whip.

Symptoms of whiplash to look out for include:

  • Neck pain or stiffness,
  • Dizziness,
  • Numbness or pain in arm or hand,
  • Pain that radiates to the shoulder or back,
  • Difficulty turning your head,
  • Fatigue, and
  • Difficulty sleeping.

Some whiplash injuries heal within a few weeks, while others can cause permanent damage and life-long complications.

2. Back Injury

The main symptom of a back injury is pain, which can be mild or severe and described as shooting, burning, or stabbing. You may also experience difficulty moving. 

A back injury may resolve in time or leave you with lasting complications, affecting your ability to work and live a comfortable and independent life.

3. Traumatic Brain Injuries

Any impact on your head can cause severe injuries to your brain, one of the most essential organs in your body.

A traumatic brain injury can occur in the following instances:

  • When an object strikes the head,
  • When the head swings violently, or
  • When an object penetrates the head.

Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can manifest right after the rear-end collision or appear later. It’s imperative to see a doctor after you are in a rear-end accident, especially if you sustained trauma to your head. Symptoms of swelling or bleeding in the brain may not manifest right away. 

If you suffer a mild traumatic brain injury, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Headaches,
  • Nausea and vomiting,
  • Tiredness,
  • Dizziness,
  • Loss of balance,
  • Speaking difficulties,
  • Blurry vision,
  • Temporary loss of consciousness,
  • Confusion,
  • Disorientation,
  • Mood changes,
  • Memory problems,
  • Difficulty concentrating, and
  • Insomnia.

If the brain injury is moderate or severe, in addition to the above symptoms, you may also experience:

  • Prolonged loss of consciousness,
  • Worsening headache,
  • Seizures,
  • Clear fluid coming from the nose of ears,
  • Inability to wake,
  • Loss of coordination,
  • Weakness in fingers and toes,
  • Agitation,
  • Slurred speech, and
  • Coma.

Some mild traumatic brain injuries can heal over time. Others may severely limit your independence and change your lifestyle.

4. Burns

Burns are another common injury a rear-end car accident victim may sustain. Fuel leaks or trucks carrying flammable substances can cause horrifying burn injuries.

There are three types of burns:

  • First-degree burn. These burns are minor and only affect the outer skin layer. The skin will be red, and you may experience pain, but these burns usually heal.
  • Second-degree burn. These burns affect the top two layers of skin, causing swelling, severe pain, blisters, and scarring.
  • Third-degree burns. These burns are the most severe because they penetrate the fat beneath the skin layers and destroy nerves, causing you to lose feeling in the affected area. The burned skin can be black, brown, or white.

The disfigurement and scarring caused by burns can induce emotional distress and lack of enjoyment of life, which are also recoverable damages in a rear-end collision negligence case.

5. Amputations

An amputation is the loss or removal of a body part, such as a hand, arm, leg, foot, finger, or toe. A rear-end collision can cause an amputation if something in your car or the vehicle that hit you cuts off a body part. The force of the collision can also be strong enough to crush the body part.

Amputations can also result from severe infections that resulted from the accident, requiring amputation of the infected part to save the victim’s life.

Contact Bensinger Legal Services for Your Rear-end Accident Injuries

Bensinger Legal Services founder Aaron Bensinger doesn’t want you to worry about finances after an accident. That’s why he’s dedicated his life to helping accident victims recover the maximum compensation they deserve, and Aaron won’t charge you anything.

Bensinger Legal Services doesn’t get paid unless you do. If you don’t win, you don’t owe us anything. Contact us online or call (419) 455-1410 today for a free consultation.

Author Photo Aaron L. Bensinger

Aaron L. Bensinger is an Ohio attorney serving personal injury and civil litigation clients. He has extensive trial experience and makes client service is his primary focus. As a partner at Balyeat, Leahy, Daley, Miller & Bensinger, LLC, Aaron happily works in Lima, OH, and serves the entire Northwest region of the state and beyond.

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