Types of Rear-End Car Accident Injuries

Types of Rear-End Car Accident Injuries

Injuries from rear-end car accidents range from mild to severe. Some of these injuries, like head or neck injuries, can last for life. Managing prolonged injuries and dealing with chronic pain can both bring a person down. This on top of medical expenses can overwhelm almost anyone.

The main types of rear-end car accident injuries are traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injuries, whiplash, and airbag burns. If you are struggling with any of these injuries from a car accident that was caused by a driver who ran into the back of you, then try talking with an Oklahoma car accident lawyer about compensation.

Head and Neck Injuries

Since TBI concerns the brain, this type of injury can severely impair a person’s daily life skills. Movement, balance, sense of touch, emotions, concentration, and memory could all be negatively impacted by such an injury. Spinal cord injuries are similar, but they only affect what is below the site of the injury. Brain damage could affect the whole person.

Types of Rear-End Car Accident InjuriesSpinal cord injuries can cause a loss of sensation or movement below the injured area of the spine. Some people are lucky enough to recover with physical therapy, but others may have to use an electric wheelchair with an oxygen supply for the rest of their life.

Whiplash is less serious, but can still cause chronic pain that can distract people from work, their social life, and sleep. Chronic whiplash pain is rare and many are able to recover with pain medications, exercise, and rest. Symptoms for whiplash range from mild to severe depending on how badly the muscles and nerves are damaged. Most people experience:

  • Stiffness and pain
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder aches
  • A feeling of numbness or tingling in the arms
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Dizziness

Others experience worsening symptoms like sleep disorders from prolonged pain, blurry vision, and ringing ears.

Injuries from Airbags

Airbags are designed to protect us from hitting the hard steering wheel or dashboard. The problem is that airbags have to come out at high speeds that match the rapid speeds of a car accident. They also have to be made of a tough material that cannot be easily torn. These factors make airbags almost feel like a punch to the face, but that is better than a hard piece of plastic and metal.

For some people though, airbags can cause skin irritations and scrapes. The sodium hydroxide used in the airbag mechanism has been shown to cause chemical burns to the face and chest areas. Friction burns can also scrape the skin to form what looks and feels like a burn.

Oklahoma Car Accident Lawyer

You may be able to receive compensation from the insurance company if you were injured in a car accident that was not your fault. This is especially true if you were a driver who was rear-ended by another driver while you were stopped at a traffic light. Contact the Law Firm of Griffin Reynolds at (405) 721-9500 to speak with an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer today for a free consultation.