Common Injuries in Rear-End Collisions

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Erik Abrahamson, J.D. August 09, 2019

Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents and a frequent cause of serious injuries. Common injuries that result from rear-end collisions include:


Whiplash is one of the most common injuries resulting from a rear-end collision. The force of the impact can cause the neck to forcefully move back and forth, resulting in injury. Victims of whiplash injuries can often walk away from a rear-end collision, believing that they have not been seriously injured.  However, symptoms of whiplash, such as neck pain and stiffness, headaches, tingling, and numbness, often don’t appear until hours or sometimes days after an accident. Whiplash can be debilitating and can sometimes result in serious permanent injury.

Head Injury

A concussion occurs when a person’s brain strikes the inside of the skull. This can cause damage to the brain. Concussions may not present themselves at the scene of the collision, so it is important to monitor patients for 24 hours and seek medical treatment. Symptoms of a concussion include headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, and sensitivity to light and sound. In addition to a concussion, more serious head injuries such as hematomas and skull fractures can also occur in a rear-end collision.


The force of a rear-end collision can cause a person’s body to make contact with the dashboard or steering wheel. This can result in serious fracture injuries. Fractures to the collarbone are the most common fracture seen in rear-end collisions. Facial fractures and limb fractures are also common.

Herniated Discs

A herniation of a disc in the spine occurs when the outer fiber surrounding the disc ruptures or tears due to trauma. The impact of a rear-end collision can result in a herniation injury. Serious herniations can result in long-term back pain, numbness, and mobility issues. Symptoms of a herniation may be delayed due to the adrenaline experienced in a rear-end collision.

Contact an Experienced Tampa Bay Car Accident Attorney

If you’ve been injured in a rear-end collision, you may want an experienced car accident attorney on your side. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have helped thousands of car accident victims, and they would be honored to help you. Contact us online or call us at 800-538-4878 to set up your free consultation today.