Rear-end Collisions–The Most Common Type of Car Accident

A Prosser woman was hospitalized after she was rear-ended in her minivan, on Highway 221, as she slowed for northbound traffic. The driver that caused the car accident was uninjured and received a citation from the Washington State Patrol for second-degree negligent driving.

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The Sad Truth: You Cannot Prepare for a Rear-end Collision

Unfortunately, getting in a rear-end collision can happen in the blink of an eye and is the most common type of vehicle accident in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end car crashes make up a staggering 2.5 million of the 6.3 million car crashes each year. Rear-end accidents typically occur at lower speeds, but the consequences can be just as catastrophic as any high speed impact or crash.

Hitting another vehicle from behind can often lead to a variety of injuries, depending on if the passengers were using the vehicle’s safety restraint system, the severity of the impact, the position of the occupants and their heads when hit, and the vehicle’s age and design. Whiplash, spinal injuries, soft tissue damage like ligament and muscle strains, and even brain injuries, are not uncommon in people who have experienced a “fender bender” at lower speeds.

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The reason—Surprise! When a person is completely unaware of an impending impact the risk of personal injury is much greater. They don’t have time to tense or brace themselves to absorb the shock. The body’s muscular and skeletal structures are designed to withstand up to so much impact with warning, minimizing damage to nerves, organs, and soft tissue. When hit unexpectedly, the body stretches and “snaps” beyond normal range, much like a rubber band, from the weight, speed, and force of very heavy object–another vehicle!  Overstretching muscles and bones, like in the neck and back, can lead to critical damage and health issues that need to be dealt with immediately. That is why it is imperative to seek medical care immediately after being rear-ended. Learn more about whiplash here.

Our Personal Injury and Auto Accident Attorneys are Here to Help

If you or someone you know has been injured in a rear-end collision, you need a qualified personal injury attorney that will fight for your best interests. You deserve compensation for the damages, not only to your vehicle, but your body and health. A crash that happened in just a split second, can take months, even years, to recover from.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a rear-end collision, don’t hesitate to contact Fielding Law Group today for help.