Rear-end car accidents are some of the most common accidents in Missouri. When a vehicle in motion strikes the back end of a vehicle in front of them, such a collision is generally referred to as a rear-end collision.
Common Causes of Rear End Collisions
The main contributor or factor in these types of accidents is speeding. Speed can often be misjudged resulting in a rear-end impact. On occasions where one car is totally stopped, the impact from a collision at high speed can be deadly.
Distracted drivers are a major cause of rear-end accidents. Texting, emailing, web surfing, cell phone use, and other distractions divert the driver's attention from the road.
When drivers follow too closely behind another vehicle, they often do not give themselves an adequate amount of time to stop their vehicle, thus resulting in a rear-end collision.
Common Types of Injuries
Studies have shown that 85 percent of all neck injuries stem from auto accidents and 85 percent of those accidents are rear-end collisions. These same studies have also shown that cars going as slowly as 5 mph can result in significant injuries.
- Some common injuries that are a result of rear-end collisions are:
- Whiplash of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions
- Vertebrae fractures and disc herniation, bulges and ruptures
- Strain of tendons, muscles, and ligaments of the neck and back
- Head and spinal injuries
- Rib fractures
- Shoulder separations and dislocations and rotator cuff injuries
- Internal organ injuries of the spleen, liver, kidneys and heart
Often, these injuries are so severe that they are permanent. It is also important to note that more often than not the drivers and passengers do not expect a rear-end collision. Therefore, they are not prepared and do not brace themselves for impact.
Let Us Help
If you or a loved one has been involved in a rear-end collision and can't get the insurance company to take you seriously, we can help. Our lawyers are trained in the complexities of these types of accidents and injuries and understand how to get you the justice you deserve. Call us at (573) 710-4716 or contact us online for your free, prompt consultation and case review.