Just over 6 million car accidents take place in the United States every year. Of these accidents, approximately 40% are rear-end crashes. In Colorado, this number is a little higher – with about 50% of all car accidents being rear-end auto collisions. Here are some of the most common causes of rear-end car accidents and most common injuries sustained in them.
Rear-End Car Accident Causes
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs greatly reduces a driver's reaction time and ability to judge distances. Typically, intoxicated drivers also become drowsy. For this reason, driver's under the influence are far more likely to miscalculate the time they need to stop and how far the car ahead of them is, leading to a rear-end car accident.
In Colorado, drivers are supposed to maintain a safe and prudent distance away from the car in front of them. Failing to maintain a safe distance by tailgating the car in front of you is extremely dangerous, because you will not be able to stop in time if the car ahead brakes or stops suddenly. Tailgating is the leading cause of rear-end auto accidents in Colorado.
Poor weather conditions, like snow, , ice, rain, fog and high winds are common in Colorado. This type of weather can greatly reduce a driver's ability to see in front of them, stop their car in time and/or maintain a single lane – which often leads to a rear-end car accident. In inclement weather, driver's should decrease their speed and increase the distance between themselves and the car ahead to avoid a rear-end collision.
Common Injuries Sustained In Rear-End Car Accidents
Whiplash is the stiffness and soreness experienced in the neck and shoulder area when your neck is “snapped” beyond its normal range. Statistics show that just over 20% of individuals involved in a rear-end collision suffer a whiplash injury. Approximately 80% of people who suffer a whiplash injury suffer from pain in their neck and shoulders that lasts over a week.
Even a low-speed or low-impact collision can lead to a crunching of your spine, causing damage and immense pain. This type of injury most commonly results in spinal disk herniation. A disk herniation is extremely painful and will take weeks, if not months, to heal.
Seatbelts protect you from smashing into the dashboard, windshield and other parts of the car when you are hit from behind. Nevertheless, you can be injured by your seatbelt in a rear-end auto accident. Though your injuries would be far greater if you were not wearing a seatbelt, seatbelts can cut your skin and cause bruising to your chest and hip areas – especially if you are rear-ended at a high rate of speed.
Injuries to Your Face and Neck
Most rear-end car accidents occur at speeds of less than 20 miles per hour. Accordingly, your airbag will typically not deploy. In these situations, your face can smash into the steering wheel or dashboard causing injury to your face and neck.
It is not always easy to ascertain who caused your rear-end car accident. Though all drivers must maintain a safe following distance on the road, if you stopped suddenly or randomly you could also be partially responsible for the collision. For this reason, you should always hire a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who can help you get the damages you deserve and limit your liability if you were at fault in your car accident case.
The experienced personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Jeremy Rosenthal feel strongly that another person's negligence should not be your financial responsibility. If you or a loved one was injured in a rear-end car accident, or any type of auto accident, you will need financial compensation to pay for medical bills and damages for your pain and suffering. The personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Jeremy Rosenthal fight for injured people and will fight for your rights.
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