Rear-End Collision: Common Causes and Injuries

Rear-end car accidents are one of the most common types of motor vehicle collisions. Out of the approximately six million car accidents in the United States each year, about 40 percent are rear-end collisions.

Passengers in both vehicles can be injured in a rear-end collision, but the passengers in the front vehicle tend to be hurt the most, because they don’t have time to prepare for the impact.

Common Causes of Rear-End Collisions

Distracted driving is often associated with rear-end accidents. If a driver becomes distracted for even a second or two, it’s more difficult to stop or slow down when the front vehicle does the same. Consider the many reasons a driver may need to slow down, from a deer crossing the road to construction to a car being towed from the side of the road and beyond. It’s easy to see how quickly a small distraction could lead to a car accident.

Speeding and following too closely are two other common causes of rear-end car accidents. To help prevent rear-end collisions, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that drivers consider purchasing vehicles with forward collision avoidance systems (CAS) for both passenger and commercial vehicles. Research has shown that the systems can often prevent rear-end crashes or at least lessen the impact.

Rear-End Collision Personal Injuries

Whiplash and neck injuries are common in rear-end collision cases, because victims are often taken by surprise. The jarring impact of a collision with no warning means that individuals can’t brace themselves before the crash occurs. Although some rear-end car accidents result in no apparent injuries, it’s always important to be evaluated by a medical professional if you have been rear ended. Internal injuries and concussions are often unseen until symptoms worsen. Some of the most typical injuries from rear-end car accidents can be quite serious and might require ongoing medical care.

In addition to whiplash, injuries of the face, head, and spinal cord are common in rear-end accidents. If head trauma occurred, there is a risk of a concussion or other brain injury. Spinal disc herniation, severe back pain, and broken bones are also often associated with rear-end collision cases.

With over 40 years of experience, John Schuerman is a compassionate advocate for injury victims and their families while being an aggressive fighter for justice and full compensation for their claims. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury from a rear-end car accident, call 1-800-274-0045 today for a free consultation. Evening and weekend appointments are available in addition to home and hospital visits.