If you or someone you love has been injured in a rear-end car accident in Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, or anywhere in the State of Florida, you need an experienced rear-end car accident lawyer in North Miami Beach.
According to the National Safety Council, there are more than 2.5 million rear end collisions reported every year in the United States, making them the most common type of automobile accident. Rear end collisions often happen when drivers are stopped at traffic lights or stopped in congested traffic, and are unable to avoid the accident because other cars surround them. Common factors involved in rear end collisions include driver distraction or inattention, panic stops, tailgating and reduced traction due to severe weather or worn pavement.
In a rear end collision, the front bumper of the car in back collides with the back bumper of the car in front, thus transferring the energy from the rear car to the front car. Rear end collisions are most commonly thought to be the fault of the rear driver, except in cases where the forward driver creates a hazard that is unavoidable by the rear driver.
Rear end collisions are also called “whiplash accidents” because the nature of the collision often results in a whiplash injury for the driver of the front car. Whiplash describes a range of injuries to the neck related to a sudden distortion of the neck.
There are four phases that occur during whiplash; initial position, retraction, extension and rebound. The retraction phase is where the whiplash actually occurs due to an unusual loading of soft tissues. Symptoms of whiplash include, pain to the shoulders, neck or back, sensory disturbance to the arms and legs, and headaches. Symptoms can occur immediately or be delayed a few days. By its nature, energy is always transferred to a struck vehicle, thus even at low speeds, significant injuries can be sustained.
Although whiplash is certainly the most common injury suffered in a rear end collision, it is not the only one. The following are other injuries that could be sustained as a result of a head on collision.