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Rear End Car Accidents, Whiplash & Personal Injury

Rear End Car Accidents, Whiplash & Personal Injury

For more information, please contact The Ahearne Law Firm, PLLC at (845) 986-2777 for an initial consultation and case evaluation.

As mentioned in our November 14, 2016 blog post (Rear End Automobile Accidents), rear end automobile accidents or “fender benders” are usually the result of someone else’s negligence. This kind of accident occurs when the front of one car hits the back of another. Distracted drivers that are texting, talking on the phone, or simply not paying attention while driving are usually those involved in this kind of accident.

In most rear-end car accidents, there is a sudden jolt as the vehicles collide. The occupants of the front car, which is often stopped or moving at slow speed, may be thrown forward against their seat belts. Their heads, however, are often not as quick to move forward, resulting instead in a sharp backward motion of the head followed by a bounce forward. Under such conditions, it is not uncommon for a person to suffer whiplash, which can lead to long-term pain and complications.

Whiplash is a relatively common neck injury that occurs as the result of a sudden acceleration-deceleration force that causes a person’s head to jerk forward and backward quickly. Medical professionals consider whiplash a type of neck strain that is caused by damage to the muscles and tendons, but many people use the term “whiplash” in reference to structural bone damage as well. Pain is the primary symptom of whiplash, but others include:

  • Decreased range of motion or neck tightness;
  • Pain while moving the head side to side or forward and backward;
  • Discomfort and stiffness when rotating the head toward each shoulder; and
  • Headaches that start of the base of the skull and radiate up and forward.

Other symptoms such as dizziness, trouble concentrating or talking, nausea, or sleepiness may be signs of a concussion.

If you were recently involved in a car accident and you feel pain when you move your head, you should see a doctor. Your doctor may take x-rays or CT scans to rule out other concerns, but it is important to have your injuries documented in case you need to file a personal injury claim. Depending on the severity of your whiplash, the doctor may recommend over-the-counter painkillers or stronger prescription medication. Your doctor may also recommend stretching and strengthening exercises.

There are other types of injuries involved in a rear end automobile accident, including internal bleeding or bruising, fractured bones, concussions and brain injuries. These injuries can result in hospital and medical bills, unexpected time off from work, emotional distress and more.

Please see our other driving-related blog posts:

NTSB Aims to Reduce Speeding-Related Crashes

NTSB Aims to Reduce Speeding-Related Crashes

Uber & Lyft Now Available Throughout New York State

Road Accidents & Crashes

New York Court of Appeals Upholds DMV’s Drunk Driving Regulations

Driverless Car Accident Liability

Distracted Driving Accident

Bicycle & Car Accident

Rear End Automobile Accidents

Side Impact Collision

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If you or a family member have suffered a car accident or injury, you and/or your family member may be entitled to money damages.

For more information, please contact The Ahearne Law Firm, PLLC at (845) 986-2777 for an initial consultation and case evaluation.

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