You never would have expected the vehicle behind you to hit you as you waited at a stoplight. The light had been red for several minutes, but the other driver must not have been paying attention.
They hit you at full speed, not even looking up to try to brake. Now, you have to deal with the fallout of that crash and the injuries that come with it.
Did you know that there are a few injuries that are more common than others after people are involved in rear-end crashes? Here are three that you should consider possible and seek medical attention for right away.
Due to the angle of impact, it is highly likely that whiplash will occur in a rear-end collision. As you are thrown forward and back, your neck and head may whip around, and this is what causes whiplash. The harder the impact, the more likely it is that your injuries will be severe, so don’t delay in seeking medical attention.
- Facial injuries
The next thing to think about after a rear-end crash is the risk of facial injuries. That air bag might have softened the blow of being thrown forward, but it contains chemicals that may burn your skin and still impacts you hard enough to lead to broken bones in the face. Orbital fractures, nose injuries, lacerations and more are possible after coming into contact with the air bag, or, even worse, the steering column.
- Brain injuries
Since the brain is essentially floating inside the skull, a sudden movement forward or back could lead to injuries as the brain impacts the skull or tears as it spins. Whether you have a minor headache or visual field issues after a crash, seek medical attention for a brain injury.
These are three of the common injuries seen after a rear-end collision. Depending on how fast the other driver was going, you may have mild, moderate or acute injuries that need attention. Call 911 to seek medical care, and then look into your options for a personal injury claim to cover your financial losses.