Rear-end collisions are among the most common types of accidents that drivers can experience. While many rear-ends are little more than mild cases of fenders-benders, more impactful collisions can cause severe injuries.
In some cases, symptoms of a long-lasting injury might not be immediately apparent after an accident. Knowing some of the most common injuries resulting from rear-end collisions can help you protect your physical health and pursue compensation when another driver is at fault.
Whiplash refers to the pain, stiffness or tenderness that you might experience after a collision forces a rapid back-and-forth movement of your neck. Many instances of whiplash will heal naturally over time, but persisting symptoms may indicate a more serious condition.
A slipped or herniated disc can occur when a severe impact affects the jelly-like center of the disc, causing a bulge that irritates the nearby nerves. The force of a heavy rear-end collision puts particularly high pressure on the lower back of occupants in the affected vehicle, making herniated discs a real possibility.
High-velocity rear-end collisions can cause dislocations or fractures along the spine. This type of injury can cause long-term pain, numbness or even paralysis if left untreated.
It is always a wise course of action to seek medical attention after a car accident, regardless of how you feel at the time or the severity of the crash. You might not notice the telltale signs of a severe injury in the heat of the moment, and an untreated injury along the spine can have last repercussions.