Rear-End Car Accidents

You can sometimes see it coming from the rearview mirror. Sometimes you’re caught unaware. Regardless, car accidents from behind can be devastating. Whether you are stopped at a light, a stop sign, or caught in traffic, you can be rear-ended.

Rear-end accidents are one of the most common kinds of auto accident. Fortunately, in most cases the damage is minor. Low speed collisions often mean a simple exchange of information before you are on your way. However, rear-end accidents also account for around ten percent of all two vehicle accidents. The seriously injured often have soft-tissue injuries that can be life-changing.

Whiplash injuries are possible in a rear-end collision. This can occur whether you are wearing a seatbelt or not, and may occur at low speed. Whiplash occurs when the vertebrae and soft tissue are seriously injured by being thrown back over the seat and then forward violently. Pain is often long term and chronic. Getting back to a normal life can take much longer than you anticipate.

However, car design can play a part in your injury. Cars are much better designed these days to withstand collisions due to better bumpers, suspension, and even seating and headrests.

It is important for you to see your doctor as soon as you can after a rear-end accident since soreness in your neck may portend a more serious injury.

If you have been injured in a rear-end accident in New Hampshire or Vermont, please contact the experienced auto accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Van Dorn and Curtiss today.


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