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Advocating for Rear-End Accident Victims

Rear-end collisions are among the most common types of traffic crashes. These accidents are not always minor “fender benders.” Rear-end wrecks caused 2,346 fatalities in the U.S. in a recent year, as reported by the Insurance Information Institute (III). Even in non-fatal crashes, drivers and passengers who are hit from behind can suffer serious injuries with long-term consequences.

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What Types of Injuries Are Sustained in a Rear-End Collision?

A rear-end crash can cause serious and painful injuries, particularly to occupants of the vehicle that was hit. Injuries commonly sustained in rear-end collisions include:

  • Whiplash: This injury gets its name from the violent, whip-like motion of the head and neck when a vehicle is hit from behind. Victims of rear-end collisions are not usually able to brace for the impact, which leaves the neck and back more vulnerable to injury. Whiplash can lead to long-term pain and discomfort.
  • Soft tissue injuries: Soft tissues -- muscles, tendons, and ligaments – can easily be injured in a rear-end crash when the impact causes the body to jerk back and forth. Stretching of the soft tissues in this abnormal manner can cause pain, inflammation, swelling, and loss of function in a portion of the body.
  • Back injuries: Even at low speeds, rear-end accidents can cause serious injury to the back. The force of impact in the collision can compress the discs in the spinal column and put pressure on the vertebrae. This type of injury can lead to long-lasting lower back pain.
  • Seat belt injuries: Despite their life-saving advantages, seat belts can cause injuries when a vehicle is struck from behind. A properly functioning seat belt will tighten to hold the body in place and help prevent it from striking the dashboard, steering wheel, or windshield. When the body is thrown forward, the tightened seat belt can cause lacerations and bruising to the torso, chest, and neck.
  • Wrist and arm injuries: Drivers usually keep their hands on the steering wheel while operating a vehicle. They may brace for an impending rear-end collision by gripping the steering wheel. When the vehicle is hit from behind, this can cause a dislocated shoulder or broken or sprained wrists.
  • Facial injuries: When the face strikes an object in a crash, it can cause a fractured cheekbone, a broken nose, a broken jaw, or a detached retina. Facial injuries suffered in rear-end collisions can cause scarring and disfigurement.
  • Head injuries: When the head strikes an object in a rear-end collision, it can cause swelling, bruising, lacerations, loss of consciousness, and traumatic brain injury.

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What Types of Driver Negligence Lead to Rear-End Crashes?

Most rear-end collisions are caused by driver negligence. When another driver fails to operate a vehicle in a reasonably responsible manner and causes an accident, that driver must be held accountable. Some of the most common causes of this type of accident include:

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How Do You Pursue Compensation for a Rear-End Collision?

If you have been hurt in a rear-end collision caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation against the at-fault driver. The best place to start is a consultation with a Grand Junction car accident attorney. Our experienced trial lawyers at Peters & Nolan, LLC can investigate your accident, secure evidence to support your claim, construct a persuasive case based on the facts, negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf for full compensation, and take your case to court if necessary. Call us at (970) 243-4357 to schedule a free consultation.

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