Most rear-end accidents take the victim by surprise. They are jarred suddenly in violent fashion as they are sitting at a stop light or red light, in many situations. Some rear-end accidents allow you to walk away with minor or no injuries, but some injuries can be serious, such as:
- Soft tissue: One of the most frequent injuries in such a crash is soft tissue injuries in the neck and/or spine. When the car is rear-ended suddenly, even at a low speed, the snapping of your head back and forth can put a lot of pressure on soft tissue in the neck, leading to whiplash.
- Disc herniation: This happens when the outside fiber of a spinal disc is torn or ruptured in the rear end crash. You can experience this injury in either the cervical or thoracic area, but it is most common in the lumbar part of the spine. You can have severe back pain, tingling, numbness and even paralysis.
- Broken bones: Broken bones can be severe in serious car accidents and can lead to complications including damaged organs and fused bones, which can cause deformity and disability for life.
- Brain injury: While neck and back injuries are more common, a serious brain in injury is possible in a rear end accident.
- Concussion: A concussion is always a risk in a rear-end crash because your head may strike the steering column, dashboard or windshield. A concussion happens when the brain strikes the inside of the skull, leading to brain bruising.