A typical medical consequence of rear-end collisions (even in the case of collisions at moderate speed) is whiplash.  In more severe cases permanent injuries may occur in the neck area. The rearmost passengers, especially in minivans, benefit little from the short rear crumple zone, so they are more likely to be injured or killed in a rear-end collision.  Other types of injuries can also occur.

Types of Rear End Collision Injuries:

  • Soft tissue injuries in the neck to back area (sometimes to hips and lower back)
  • Carpal tunnel injury (if hands and arms were injured)
  • Ankle and knee injuries
  • Head injuries often caused by airbag deployment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury from collision with car window / dashboard
  • Burns from car explosions (more rare unless in serious accidents)

Rear-end collisions are one of the most frequent types of motor vehicle collisions.  In such instances, as the label suggests, one car hits the back of the car in front of it.  Initially, contact is made between two cars, but rear-end collisions can certainly have a domino effect depending on the impact of the first vehicle into the back of the second vehicle.

A common scenario for rear-ends are a sudden deceleration by the first car and a delayed response from the following car slamming into it. Conversely, a following car may accelerate too fast and not be able to brake fast enough to the oncoming lane’s traffic.

In rear-end collisions, the driver who crashes into the back of another car is presumed to be guilty. The reasoning is as follows:  if a driver acts reasonably and prudently, with respect to speed as well as cautiously reacting to pertinent road conditions, then there is no good excuse for why said driver cannot cease his or her vehicle’s movement in order to avoid a collision.  This presumption, however, is typically suspended when rear-end collisions exist within a domino effect framework in which there is a chain reaction so that even stationary vehicles, e.g. in a pseudo-traffic jam, can be moved into those standing, idling, or moving before them.

Rear end collisions range from minor scratches to serious injury. R&B Singer Brandi was involved in a read-end accident that left an older woman dead in 2006 when she did not stop in time and ran into the car.

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Our auto accident attorneys can help ensure that you understand your legal rights and take the appropriate steps to pursue damages. Our analysis can also shed light on whether a collision case is likely to be pursued given California’s current laws, and put peace in your mind that a proper legal “situation analysis “was conducted given all the information available.