There are multiple types of car accidents that can result in serious injuries to drivers, passengers, or others who may have been involved. Rear-end accidents are sometimes considered to be relatively minor, since they often occur at low speeds, and they may not cause major damage to the vehicles involved. However, these collisions can still inflict injuries on drivers or passengers in a vehicle that is struck from behind. By understanding the types of injuries that can occur, victims can ensure that they receive the proper medical treatment, and they can pursue compensation to address the damages they have suffered.
Injuries That Affect Drivers and Passengers in a Rear-End Collision
When one vehicle strikes another vehicle from the rear, the moving vehicle’s momentum will be transferred to the occupants of the vehicle that is struck. This will subject the bodies of a driver and passengers to a great deal of force, and it may lead to injuries such as:
Whiplash – The jolting motion of a collision can cause a person’s head to snap back and forth suddenly, putting a great deal of strain on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the neck. A person may also suffer damage to the cervical vertebrae of the spine. These injuries can cause a person to experience pain and stiffness in the neck, as well as headaches, dizziness, and numbness in the arms and shoulders.
Concussions and brain injuries – A collision may cause a person to strike their head on a headrest, the frame of the vehicle, or other objects. While airbags may deploy and provide some protection, the force of their inflation can sometimes cause a person to experience injuries to the head or face. Traumatic brain injuries can lead to issues such as memory loss, sleep disorders, dizziness, problems with balance and coordination, and mood disorders.
Back and spine injuries – The force of a collision may result in strained muscles in the back, and this can lead to a great deal of pain and limitations on a person’s range of motion. A person may also experience damage to their spine, such as herniated discs, which can lead to issues such as pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the arms, legs, or other parts of the body.
Broken bones – If a driver was holding the steering wheel at the time of a collision, the bones in their arms may be fractured. The force of a collision may also cause fractures in other body parts, such as the legs or ribs. Broken bones can take months to heal, and they may affect a person’s ability to perform work or complete daily activities.
Contact Our Milwaukee, WI Rear-End Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured because you were in a vehicle that was struck from behind, you will want to determine your options for recovering compensation that will fully address your injuries, as well as damage to your vehicle or other property. At Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP, we can provide you with legal help and representation, and we will help you hold a negligent driver responsible for the damages you have suffered. Contact our Milwaukee car accident lawyers at 414-271-1440 to learn how we can help with your case.
By: Attorney Jaclyn Kallie