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Common Injuries From Rear-End CrashesBy Pyle Law, January 12 2021 11:36 pm
You might think of rear-end crashes as only “minor fender benders,” but they can be surprisingly serious accidents that result in severe and lasting injuries for some victims. Speak with a Kansas car accident attorney about your rights.
A so-called “fender-bender” is often considered to be a relatively minor accident, but these can still be serious enough to leave behind lingering physical and emotional trauma. Some rear-end collisions are much more serious than fender-benders, and can result in serious destruction and even lead to paralysis or death.
Given the concentrated, focused nature of such a crash, back and neck traumas are often the most common injuries that are suffered from rear-end collisions, but they can manifest in a wide variety of ways. Here are some of the most common serious spinal injuries you can sustain in the wake of a rear-end collision, and why you should call a Kansas car accident attorney following a crash.
Whiplash is a soft-tissue trauma that stems from a violent, forceful, back-and-forth jerking of the neck, much like the crack of a whip. Symptoms included chronic neck and back pain, muscle damage, constant stiffness, and perpetual tension around the injury. The National Institute of Health (NIH) gives a pretty optimistic prognosis for whiplash sufferers, approximating that most recover at least three months after the injury with treatment, but even so, lingering pain and problems can persist for many people.
Given the high impact force of a vehicle plowing into the rear of another vehicle, it’s very likely that the crash could lead to straining, ligament sprain, and tissue sprain in the spine could occur very easily. Any one of these back injuries can lead to excruciating pain, as well as frustrating movement issues and decreased range of mobility.
A herniated disc occurs when any one of the soft, jelly-like discs that cushion your spine’s vertebrae bones rupture. This results in leaking, degeneration, slipping, tearing, and weakening of the disc’s center. Symptoms and pain severity can vary depending on where the disc is pushing on surrounding nerves, but regardless, it can yield excruciating pain and numbness for months on end.
The impact of a rear-end collision can yield ample force to stiffen, or in worse cases, fracture parts of the spine. Dislocations or fractures can pinch and tear parts of the spinal cord. In most cases, fractures take months to heal, and routine treatments will be necessary to get through the excruciating pain.
Commonly suffered in the mid-back, a compression fracture occurs when any one of the bony vertebrae blocks of your spine collapses. This can result in agonizing discomfort, spinal deformity, and symptoms that can endure for up to three months.
Even “minor” injuries stemming from “fender-benders” can result in major losses. If you sustained injuries when another driver hit your vehicle, seek trusted representation from a Kansas car accident attorney at Pyle Law. Claims involving rear-end accidents can be complicated, so get in touch with attorney Tom Pyle today to arrange a free initial case evaluation.