rear-end collision

The Effects of Read-End Collisions on Your Body

Rear-end collisions account for 40% of all U.S. traffic accidents, according to the NHTSA. That’s over 2.5 million accidents every single year! Not only can rear-end accidents ruin your day, but they can also cause sustained damage in the form of long-term injuries. After a car accident, adrenaline can cause injuries to manifest down the line. If you feel symptoms starting to present, contact a medical professional immediately.


In a rear-end collision, the impact can cause your head to snap forward like a whip injuring your neck. This is called whiplash and it the most common injury in a rear-end collision. As your neck snaps forward, small blood vessels, nerves, and muscles tear causing pain that can last for days or weeks. Common medical scans like an MRI or X-ray have trouble showing these small tears making whiplash difficult to diagnose. If you are experiencing neck pain, stiffness, poor range of motion, or headaches after your accident, you may be suffering from whiplash.

Back Injuries

In the same way that the force of a rear-end collision can cause damage to the neck and cause whiplash, an accident can aggravate other parts of the spine. Damage to the spine can come in the form of herniated disks, nerve problems, and soft tissue damage. The complexity of the spine allows for it to be injured in a lot of ways.

Head Injuries

Even at low-speeds, a rear-end collision can have a violent impact. Your head can easily impact the steering wheel or dashboard and cause a concussion or other trauma. Head impact injuries can worsen in a matter of hours.

The main symptoms you need to watch out for are:

  • Headaches that will not subside
  • Drowsiness
  • Pupils of differing sizes
  • Slurred speech
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Loss of consciousness, no matter how brief

If any of these symptoms present themselves, there could be a serious issue such as a hematoma (Brain Bleeding) and you should go to the Emergency Department and see a doctor.

Wrist and Arm Injuries

Often, in a rear-end collision, you may have your hands on the steering wheel. When the impact causes you to lurch forward, your wrist and arm bones can fracture. Any wrist or arm pain in this situation should be checked out, as small, hairline fractures could be causing the pain and make you more susceptible to wrist injuries in the future.

Rear-end collisions injure people every day. After a car accident of any kind, your health should be your number one priority. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, seek medical treatment as soon as you can.

If you or a loved one is ever involved in a car crash, our lawyers at Whiting Hagg & Dorsey, LLP can help you receive the settlement you deserve. Give us a call at (605) 519-6136 or fill out an online contact form.