Rear-end collisions are often called “fender-benders” and are not considered among the more serious types of crashes you can be involved in. However, they can result in serious injuries – particularly if you’re struck by a vehicle traveling at a high speed or one that is considerably larger than yours.
One of the reasons why injuries suffered in rear-end crashes can be serious is that they too often go untreated until a person starts to experience significant pain. The longer an injury goes untreated, the more likely it often is to worsen and, in some cases, even be fatal.
Often, people decline medical attention at a crash site because they think they’re uninjured. They may not be in any pain or have obvious wounds. It’s important to remember, however, that the adrenaline that’s created when you’re in a crash can mask pain, which is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong.
Common injuries caused by rear-end collisions
Rear-end collisions often result cause neck and back injuries. Most of these are treatable. However, if there’s a delay in treatment, they can lead to permanent damage that can cause pain for the rest of your life. Back injuries like herniated disks can be especially debilitating.
Rear-end collisions often cause muscle strains and tears. The only way to know if a muscle is torn is through imaging, like x-rays. If a tear isn’t treated as soon as possible, it can rupture, which generally requires surgery.
Don’t discount the possibility of a concussion. Even if your head didn’t strike anything, a sudden back-and-forth movement can be enough to cause a concussion or other type of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Imaging and other tests can help diagnose a brain injury.
If you were involved in a crash caused by another driver, it’s important to get a thorough medical exam before you agree to any settlement from the insurer or the at-fault driver. You need to know the full extent of your injuries so you can ensure that you don’t get less than you need and deserve to deal with them. It’s always wise to seek legal guidance before agreeing to a settlement.