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Injuries that result from rear-end collisions

On Behalf of | May 20, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury

When your car gets rear-ended, it can cause various injuries to the people inside. These injuries can range from mild to severe, and it is important to be aware of them.

Despite safety measures like seat belts and airbags, the force of impact can still lead to harmful consequences and should be taken seriously.


One of the most common injuries from a rear-end collision is whiplash. This happens when the head and neck jerk forward and backward suddenly upon impact. Symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, stiffness and headaches. Sometimes, these symptoms may not show up immediately after the accident but can develop over the following days.

Back injuries

The force of a rear-end collision can also injure the back. This might result in sprains, strains or even herniated discs. Back injuries can cause pain, numbness or tingling sensations, affecting your ability to move comfortably.

Head injuries

In a rear-end collision, your head can hit against the headrest or other parts of the car. This can lead to head injuries such as concussions or traumatic brain injuries. Even if there are no visible signs of injury, it is important to watch out for symptoms like dizziness, confusion or memory problems.


In severe rear-end collisions, bones can fracture due to the impact. Common fractures include those in the arms, legs or ribs. These injuries require immediate medical attention to ensure proper healing.

Soft tissue injuries

Soft tissues such as muscles, ligaments and tendons can also get injured in a rear-end collision. These injuries may not be visible externally but can cause significant pain and discomfort. Be sure to seek medical attention if you experience persistent pain or swelling after an accident.

Emotional impact

Apart from physical injuries, rear-end collisions can also have an emotional impact on those involved. It is normal to feel anxious and stressed or even to develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after such an event. Seeking support from friends, family or a counselor can help in coping with these emotions.

Because of the potential for serious injuries that may not be immediately apparent, it is wise to receive a medical evaluation promptly following any sort of car accident.