Rear-end collisions are very common, though many are little more than minor bumper taps. If a large truck or fast-moving vehicle crashes into your car with great force, however, the damage dealt to you and your passengers can be truly severe.
It is important to be aware of the types of injuries that a rear-end collision can cause and the lasting conditions that may result from those injuries. In some cases, a rear-end accident could even cause temporary or permanent paralysis.
What types of injuries can a rear-end collision cause?
The impact of another vehicle striking your own from behind can strain your neck or lower back. Whiplash is a particularly common injury resulting from the rapid back-and-fort movement of the neck when jostled from a crash. More severe injuries include contusions or compressions in the spine which come with the possibility of paralysis but keep in mind that any damage to the neck or spine can paralyze if left untreated.
What should you do after sustaining an injury in an accident?
Your first priority after any car accident is to seek medical attention for yourself and your passengers. It is common to sustain an injury without feeling any pain or experiencing any symptoms until later, so it can be dangerous to assume that you are unhurt. If any pain or numbness becomes apparent in the hours or days to follow, it may be prudent to consult a physician rather than give the condition a chance to worsen.
It goes without saying that a debilitating or paralysis-inducing injury can alter the course of your life, both physically and financially. If you suffer such an injury in a rear-end accident, you have the right to pursue compensation that will help you overcome your medical bills and any lost wages.