Recently on Del Prado Boulevard a sedan was rear-ended by a large SUV. The driver was distracted by switching the radio station and did not see the sedan had come to a full stop. The driver and passenger in the sedan both sustained injuries. The driver had broken ribs, due to the force with which his ribcage hit the seat belt. The passenger, in the front seat, had severe whip-lash, resulting in pain, dizziness, and an inability to sleep leading to fatigue for weeks.
One of the most common automobile accidents in Florida is the rear-end collision. This type of accident is almost always unavoidable if you are the one being rear-ended, but it is the most easily avoidable if you are the one doing the rear-ending. Driver distraction is the biggest causation of rear-end collisions.
Though most rear-end collisions are at low speeds, serious injury can still be sustained by being rear-ended. The most common injuries are:
- Whiplash and spinal injuries
- Caused by surprise impact, or lack of time to brace the spine
- Head injury
- Head hitting the headrest or airbag or steering wheel
- Broken bones or ribcage
- The body can slam forward into the seat belt causing rib cage damage
- Brain injury
- Such as a concussion can occur due to the quick back and forth motion that happens to the head
- Facial disfigurement
- This can happen if the airbag deploys or does not deploy
- From severe spinal injury
Collisions happen in a split-second. The most serious injuries occur when the person does not see the other car coming. The body has no time to brace for impact. The spine can stabilize itself to protect from injury, but only if it has warning. A surprise impact will also lead to more ligament damage, because the body has no warning to tense up to lessen damage. Ligaments can take longer to heal than even broken bones when sustaining extensive damage.
Spinal injuries may not present symptoms immediately, and can even take days to show signs of pain or discomfort. Medical treatment should be sought immediately after a rear-end collision, even if you are not in any immediate pain. The sooner an injury is treated, the less likely it will worsen, and the better the chance of recovery.
Making sure your headrest is properly positioned will help a driver sustain less injury in a rear-end collision. If the headrest is set too low the head will roll over the headrest, resulting in hyperextension of the neck. It is also important to note that a person in the front passenger seat is at the most risk of injury, more so than the driver, because they have nothing to brace themselves with, like the steering wheel.
An injury you sustained because of a rear-end collision has the high probability of being caused by the carelessness of another driver. It is important to seek an attorney who can guide you through the claims process as quickly as possible after your accident. Contact the firm of Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano today so we can help you get the compensation you deserve.