These types of car accidents can cause serious injuries even when they occur at low speeds.
The most common type of car accidents are rear end collisions. When the front end of one vehicle collides with the back end of another vehicle, this is called a rear end collision. These accidents can be caused by any number of factors and can be the fault of either driver. If the vehicle in front slows suddenly, the vehicle behind it may not have enough time to safely stop, and instead crashes into the first vehicle. Or the accident can be caused by simple inattention or negligence by the driver that does the hitting. These accidents can happen while sitting at a light when a driver gets distracted and takes his or her foot off the brake. Sometimes these collisions can cause a chain reaction of crashes and involve other vehicles as well.
Following too closely behind another vehicle increases the likelihood of rear end crashes. Distractions are another leading cause of these collisions – inattention due to cell phones, eating while driving, changing the radio station, and other distractions, can all be problematic. Weather conditions such as snow, ice, rain, or poor visibility can all contribute to causing an accident. Any time a vehicle makes a sudden move or slows down unexpectedly, a crash can occur if the driver directly behind that vehicle is not paying close enough attention to respond appropriately.
These accidents can cause serious injuries even when they occur at low speeds. There may not even be significant vehicle damage, but drivers and passengers in the car that was hit can experience whiplash or other injuries that can present symptoms days or even weeks later.
When there is a disparity in size between the two vehicles, and a car is hit by a much larger vehicle like an SUV, truck, bus, or van, this can definitely increase the chances of severe injury, as well as significant damage to the automobile. Bumpers are meant to absorb some of the impact of a crash, hopefully providing some protection to those inside the car. But when a car is hit by a larger, heavier vehicle that hits above the bumper, the damage and injuries will usually be worse.
Types of Injuries
With rear end collisions whiplash is one of the most common injuries. When a car is hit from behind, the impact can cause an injury where the head quickly snaps forwards and back. This can seriously injure the neck.
Head injuries can be another danger. Closed head injuries can be dangerous because they are not always easy to identify or diagnose and they can lead to permanent or long term disability. Head injuries are usually some of the most severe types of injuries and can require a lot of medical care.
Many of the injuries that occur in rear end collisions are soft tissue injuries. They may not show up on x-rays, or present symptoms immediately, but can still be very painful and can affect your ability to live your life they way you want. Part of the problem with soft tissue injuries or even closed head injuries, is that insurance companies may resist issuing compensation for these injuries because they are harder to document, and therefore more difficult to prove.
Just because your injury may not be visible or because your vehicle is not terribly damaged does not make your rights disappear or become invalid.
If you have been injured in a rear end collision caused by another driver’s negligence you do have rights and you deserve to have those rights protected. You deserve compensation for those injuries and any medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, or even disability. In order to make sure that your rights are fully protected and you get the compensation you deserve, contact The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 or fill out our online contact form.