If you have ever been involved in an auto accident, you probably know that the likelihood of being injured is pretty high. Even in a low-speed crash, whiplash, bruises and lacerations are common.
Different types of impacts will result in varied injuries. Rear-end crashes are more likely to produce injuries such as whiplash, facial scarring and disfigurement and paralysis than some other kinds of collisions. Here is more information on why these injuries are more common in rear-end collisions than others.
Whiplash is a common injury in crashes, but it’s more likely in front-to-back crashes. This is because the head and neck are more likely to whip forward and back, which is the hallmark of this injury.
Whiplash injuries may cause spinal injuries, concussions, the development of torn tendons and other serious issues, which is why medical care is needed.
Since the forward momentum of a rear-end collision may whip the head toward the windshield, it is also common to see facial scarring and disfigurement. Whether the face impacts the steering column, windshield or air bag, it is possible for the face to have broken bones, severe bruising and lacerations that require medical care. Sometimes, chemical burns from air bags deploying lead to deep scarring, too.
Paralysis is possible any time there is a significant impact to the spinal cord. Since there is a high likelihood of whiplash in these crashes, it’s possible that there could be spinal damage at the cervical portion of the spine. This could lead to paralysis from the neck down.
These injuries are all serious and need medical attention as soon as possible. Rear-end collisions make it much more likely for the brain and neck to be damaged, which could lead to catastrophic injuries. Those who are hurt in rear-end collisions shouldn’t take their injuries lightly, even if they don’t seem to be injured right away. Both spinal and brain injuries may take time to develop, and they may worsen as time passes.
After a crash, seek medical attention. Then, you can look into making a claim against those responsible for your injuries.