A rear-end collision can happen in an instant and many times the driver that is hit is unaware of the situation until it happens. For that reason, injuries due to rear-end collisions can be particularly devastating. Rear-end collisions are often considered among the most common type of accident in Atlanta. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 28 percent of all accidents are rear-ended collisions.
Why Rear-End Collisions Occur
Most people assume that a rear-end collision is always the fault of the driver in the back. While this is usually true, there could be circumstances that cause another driver to be at fault or partly at fault for the crash. The most common reason for rear-end collisions is likely distracted driving. Failure to yield and driving too fast for conditions are also common reasons.
The incidences of distracted driving have increased considerably since the increased use of cell phones. Handheld cell phone use is against the law, but people still try to text while they are behind the wheel. The result can be devastating when a driver fails to notice that traffic in front has slowed or stopped. The driver may plow into the back of a vehicle with great force, causing serious injuries and damages.
When a driver is behind another vehicle he needs to maintain a safe distance so he can stop if necessary. Even if the driver in front comes to a quick halt, the driver behind should be far enough away and paying close enough attention so he can stop in time to avoid a collision.
Injuries Caused by Rear-End Collisions
Injuries are almost inevitable when you are rear-ended by another vehicle. The speed of the vehicle at the time of impact will have a lot to do with the severity of the injuries you suffer. In some cases, your airbag will deploy to try to protect you from serious head trauma. Nonetheless, serious injuries can and do occur. Some of the most common include:
- Head and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Concussions and head wounds
- Broken bones
Of the many injuries that occur in rear-end collisions, whiplash is likely the most common. Whiplash is an injury to the neck caused by a sudden, forceful back and forth motion. Whiplash may occur when the neck and head are pushed forward when the vehicle is hit from behind. In addition to whiplash, other head and neck injuries may also occur.
Sometimes the head and body are forced so far forward that the head hits the windshield. This can cause a concussion or even a traumatic brain injury when the brain becomes bruised. These injuries are life-threatening and require immediate emergency medical treatment. Without treatment, the victim could suffer brain damage or death.
In some cases, the force of the rear-end collision pushes the vehicle into another car or a stationary object. The occupants can become trapped in the vehicle and may suffer crush injuries and broken bones.
If you suffered serious injuries in a rear-end collision you may be owed compensation from the negligent driver. Contact our experienced Atlanta car accident attorneys at The Bader Law Firm for a free case review.
Seth Bader is an Auto accident, Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Attorney who practices in Atlanta, Rome, Savannah, Norcross, Carrollton, Georgia. He graduated from Florida State University College of Law, and has been practicing law for 14 years. Seth Bader believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.