Rear-end car accidents are among the most common types of car accidents. As such, they also make up a majority of personal injury car accident cases.
If you’ve been in a rear-end car accident, the Houston car accident attorney of Lapeze & Johns can help you seek compensation and justice for any injuries you may have sustained.
Most Common Rear-End Accident Injuries
The most common type of injury reported after rear-end collisions is whiplash. Whiplash is caused by a sudden movement of the neck and head, and generally results in weeks, or even a year, of soreness.
Given the sudden jump or halt caused by a rear-end collision, it’s no surprise that whiplash is a common injury. The speed and force of impact in a rear-end collision also contribute to the severity of the trauma you suffer.
2. Airbag Injuries
Airbags are usually deployed after accidents in which a vehicle is traveling at least 20 miles per hour. When the airbags do deploy, they can cause injury to the driver or passengers.
Airbags can cause burns on the hands, face, or scalp, and the force of an airbag deploying can lead to broken bones, including the nose or ribs. The severity of the injuries resulting from an airbag depends on where the majority of the impact hits the victim.
3. Seat Belt Injuries
Seat belts are made to protect us, and they do a good job of it. They save lives and you should always wear a seat belt while in a moving vehicle.
However, the force of a moving body held in place can sometimes lead to seat belt injuries. When a vehicle is hit in a rear-end collision, your seat belt immediately tightens. Unfortunately, the seat belt can cut or severely bruise you when it suddenly restricts movement.
4. Spinal Cord Paralysis
One of the most devastating injuries that can result from a rear-end collision is spinal cord paralysis. Spinal cord paralysis occurs when the victim’s brain or spinal injury is serious enough.
This type of injury can leave a victim completely or partially paralyzed. The severity of the paralysis largely depends on where the injury occurred. Injuries to the spinal discs can make it more likely that a person will be paralyzed.
5. Back Injuries
During a rear-end accident, the force of the collision can cause serious back injuries. This may include compression of the spine or compression of the discs in the lower spinal column. These injuries can lead to excruciating low back pain indefinitely after the accident.
6. Head and Brain Injuries
Injuries to the head and brain can be incredibly dangerous and should be taken seriously. Even if your airbag deployed correctly, a head or brain injury can still easily occur.
These types of injuries can include concussions, lacerations, swelling, loss of consciousness, bruising, and more serious issues. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) may not be immediately apparent after an accident, so you should watch for these symptoms if you or a loved one have been in a collision:
- Chronic fatigue
- Impaired speech
- Loss of consciousness
- Reduced cognitive performance
- Abnormal changes in behavior
7. Facial Disfigurement
There are lots of ways that your face may be injured during a rear-end collision. Unfortunately, these injuries may pose a far greater threat than disfigurement alone. Facial injuries can lead to long term medical issues that may require extensive treatment or even surgery.
Facial injuries that can lead to greater issues include a broken cheekbone, nose, jaw, or any injuries to the eyes.
8. Wrist and Arm Injuries
The person most likely to suffer wrist and hand injuries during a rear-end collision is the driver. This is due to the fact that the driver most likely has their hands on the steering wheel.
When a collision occurs, the driver may grip the steering wheel tightly to brace for impact. This instinctual reaction can lead to serious injuries to the hands and wrists.
The Houston Car Accident Attorneys of Lapeze & Johns Can Help You
If you were injured in a rear-end collision in Texas, the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze and Johns can help. We would be proud to represent you in court or to negotiate for your compensation with your insurance carrier.
Car accidents can feel overwhelming, but you don’t have to face the aftermath alone.
If you’ve been injured in a rear-end accident, contact the attorneys of Lapeze and Johns today at (713) 766-0075.