In the world of car accidents, getting rear-ended by another driver may be the most common. It can be frustrating to get into a rear-end crash, but it is not usually the end of the world. While these types of accidents are very common, if someone rear-ends you, you can still obtain injuries from the crash.
According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), rear-end collisions account for over 30 percent of all motor vehicle crashes. How do these accidents occur and what injuries should you look out for after the crash?
How do rear-end collisions happen?
Whenever one car runs into the back of another, it is a rear-end collision. These types of accidents happen everywhere and all the time; on the highway, in parking lots, at stop signs and even on the street outside your house. Common causes for rear-end accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Weather or road conditions
- Drowsy driving
What are common injuries?
- Whiplash: The most common injury in a rear-end collision is whiplash. Around 20 percent of individuals involved in rear end crashes end up with whiplash. You will know if you have whiplash if you have moderate to severe pain in the back, neck or shoulders post-accident.
- Air bag injuries: When you are rear-ended you can sustain injuries to other parts of your body due to an airbag being deployed. Look out for injuries to the face, knees, and head.
Getting into a car accident is never fun. If you are rear-ended and display symptoms of injury, you may want to seek medical attention or file a claim against the other driver.