Rear-End Collisions: Top Cause of Car Crash Injuries

Rear-end collisions are often unexpected and can be frightening.

Rear-end collisions are a common type of car accident that occurs when a vehicle collides with the vehicle in front of it. They can happen anywhere from a parking lot to the middle of the interstate or a major intersection.

In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that rear-end accidents accounted for over 30 percent of all accidents that caused injuries in 2019. That same year, rear-end collisions were the top cause of car crash injuries.

Common Causes of Rear-End Collisions

The main causes of rear-end accidents are similar to other vehicle crashes. Aggressive driving, including tailgating, stopping suddenly, speeding, and improper passing is a top cause of rear-end crashes. Distracted driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving while drowsy, and reckless driving are also common causes. Bad weather such as snow, ice, or heavy rain can also increase the odds of a rear-end collision.

Rear-End Collision Injuries

High-speed rear-end collisions may occur when the front car is stopped or slowed, which can impact the severity of an individual’s injuries. Injuries are common after a car accident and they aren’t always immediately obvious. It’s important to see a medical professional right away, even if you’re not experiencing symptoms.

Whiplash and other injuries to the neck, back, and spine are common after a rear-end accident. Head trauma including concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI) is also common, especially if the victim’s head strikes the steering wheel, airbag, window, etc. Fractures or broken bones and cuts/scrapes frequently occur in a rear-end collision.

What Should I Do After Being Rear-Ended?

If you’re rear-ended, get to safety and check for injuries right away. Seek medical attention immediately if you experienced a serious injury. Collect information and take photos of the scene. File a police report and contact your insurance company as soon as possible.

Most rear-end collisions are the fault of the driver of the vehicle that collided with the front vehicle. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to determine whether you have a case.

If you or a loved one has been injured, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.