Rear-end collision occurs when one motorist drives into the back of another vehicle. These are common accidents, and they form a substantial amount of the crashes on American roads. As a legal matter, rear-end collisions are a unique form of roadway injury and property damage, with special rules often applying when seeking recovery.
If you or a loved one is harmed in a rear-end collision in Atlanta, Marietta or elsewhere Georgia, be sure to contact a personal injury attorney to protect and vindicate your rights.Rear-End Crashes – The Causes
According to information compiled by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration approximately 25% of all car collisions are rear end collisions. This amounts to millions of these accidents across the country each and every year.
Particular circumstances causing a rear-end collision can vary but there often some common characteristics. The underlying causes include:
- Unsafe following distances due to road and weather conditions
- Risky lane changes
- Slowing because of road construction
- Improperly cared for tires with little or no remaining tread
Fortunately, in comparison to other forms of collisions, drivers are much more likely to survive when involved in a rear-end collision. However, there are also unique injuries that occur in a rear end collision. Chief amongst them is whiplash and herniation.
Whiplash is an injury to the next that results from unexpected extension. When a car is struck from behind, the momentum of the impact pushes the car forward, but the driver's head wants to stay in place putting extreme tension on the neck and spine. Symptoms can manifest themselves in the form of headaches, sensory damage to the extremities feeling like pins and needles in the arms and hands, and pain felt in the back and neck.
Herniation, often called a slipped disk, can be a more serious effect of a rear-end collision and is a more severe often permanent injury contrasted with whiplash. The same circumstances that cause whiplash can be the culprit for herniation after a car accident.
Besides, whiplash and herniation, victims of a rear-end collision are also subject to the types of injuries suffered by all victims of collisions. These can include bruising, burns, broken bones, psychological trauma, and even death.
Rear-end collisions are often known by the innocuous moniker fender-bender, but they can be far from innocuous. If you have been involved in one seek medical treatment immediately. One of the most insidious features of whiplash-type injuries is that there existence is often not immediately felt right after the trauma that precipitated them only to have the symptoms become apparent days or weeks after the crash.Get Help & Find an Attorney
Rear-end collisions required experienced counsel as a guide and advocate. If you have been injured or your property damaged after a rear end collision contact the Persons Firm by calling 770 424 5125 immediately for a free consultation.