The Insurance Information Institute (III) reports that there were 2,203 fatal rear-end collisions and 556,000 rear-end crashes resulting in injury in the U.S. in a single recent year. Although some rear-end accidents at low speeds may be considered “fender benders,” even minor rear-end accidents can cause serious injuries or death.
If you have been hurt in a rear-end accident, contact Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. We are tough advocates for injured people in Manhattan and New York City.
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What Are the Causes of Rear-End Accidents?
As stated by the National Safety Commission, rear-end collisions account for 40% of the 6 million traffic crashes in the U.S. every year. A rear-end accident occurs every eight seconds. Common causes of rear-end collisions include:
- Tailgating: When a vehicle behind is following too closely, there is not enough distance to allow for a sudden stop ahead.
- Distracted driving: A driver who is texting, talking on the phone, eating, drinking, or applying makeup is not giving sufficient attention to operating the vehicle or the road ahead.
- Speeding: The faster a vehicle is traveling, the more time and distance is needed to stop.
- Driving under the influence: Alcohol and drugs can affect judgment, ability to process information, and reaction time in traffic situations.
- Drowsy driving: Sleep-deprived drivers are less attentive, react more slowly, and may fall asleep at the wheel.
Injuries Associated with Rear-End Accidents
Although occupants of both vehicles in a rear-end accident may be hurt, the driver and passengers of the front car usually sustain more serious injuries, as they are unprepared for the impact of the crash. According to the National Safety Commission, various injuries are common in rear-end collisions, including injuries to the:
- Spinal cord
Rear-End Collisions and Whiplash
Whiplash is a neck injury common in rear-end accidents. It is caused by the “whip-like” back and forth motion of the head and neck in a crash. These quick motions can cause severe stress to the cervical spine. Symptoms of whiplash include:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Reduced range of motion
- Neck instability
- Shoulder or upper back pain
- Lower back pain
- Tingling, weakness, or numbness radiating to the shoulder or down the arm
Have You Been Rear-Ended by Another Driver?
If you have been hurt in a rear-end collision caused by another driver, get medical attention for your injuries. Whiplash symptoms are sometimes delayed after a rear-end accident. Exchange information with the other driver, get contact information from any eyewitnesses, and use your cell phone camera to take pictures of the scene. Then speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about recovering compensation for your injuries.
Contact Us Today
At Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C., we are dedicated to helping injured New York City people hold responsible parties accountable and pursue full and fair compensation for their losses. When we represent you in a rear-end accident case, you can expect personalized, high-quality service from our firm.