Rear-end collisions make up a good chunk of the crashes that happen on the road. As with most other types of crashes, they also tend to result in similar injuries depending on several factors.
What sort of injuries are most common in rear-end crashes?
Examining whiplash injuries
Mayo Clinic takes a look into whiplash, a common injury from rear-end crashes. Whiplash injuries result from the whiplike back-and-forward motion that the head and neck make after suffering from a sudden and strong impact.
Though many people falsely believe all whiplash injuries to be relatively mild in nature, this is not necessarily true. While whiplash injuries do not kill people, they can cause enormous amounts of damage to nerves and muscles alike.
Someone with a severe whiplash injury may lose mobility in the neck and have to wear a brace while they recover. For some, nerve damage serves as a very serious issue that might lower their overall quality of life. Sufferers often complain of feelings like electrical shocks or sudden burning sensations. Others even struggle with their range of motion.
Other injuries also happen, like brain trauma due to head injuries. These are often less severe when comparing rear-end crashes to head-on or T-bone crashes, but they can still cause issues like memory loss and personality dysfunction.
Finally, broken bones and bruises may occur in any sort of crash. The severity often gets limited if the people within the car wore seatbelts at the time of the impact, though a seatbelt and airbags can also cause bruising and broken bones on their own, too.