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What injuries do rear-end collisions cause?

March 20, 2016

If you get into a rear-end accident while driving in Kentucky, you may end up injured. In fact, there are certain injuries that are specific to this type of accident, or at least more common. But just what should you be on the lookout for?

The number one injury specific to rear-end collisions is whiplash. This can occur if the back of your car is hit even at speeds lower than 14 miles per hour, meaning that going slow or being hit at a lower speed might not make any difference. According to KTAR News, the symptoms of whiplash can often be delayed, which makes it difficult to anticipate the severity of the injury. Whiplash can also require x-rays, MRIs or CT scans in order to make a proper diagnosis. This is recommended, due to the severe potential complications such as permanent neck or back injury, or nerve damage.

Other common injuries can include head and back pain. Damage done to the muscles can cause back spasms or cramps. If your car is hit hard enough, you may even face spinal damage, which can have long-lasting or permanent repercussions. Headaches of varying severity can also be caused by whiplash. They can develop independently and may be a sign of more serious problems, such as concussions, blood clots, or brain damage.

You may even end up with other, more common crash damage like broken or sprained bones. In any case, all of these injuries can be painful and costly, so drivers such as yourself should be aware that rear-end collisions may cause them.