Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents. These accidents occur mainly when the drivers are distracted, speeding or are tailgating or otherwise following the other vehicle too closely. Drivers can be distracted by their radios, cell phones, children, passengers, eating and texting, and while they are tending to these distractions, they are not paying attention to the traffic in front of their vehicle.
A rear-end accident can result in major or minor damage to your vehicle, and it may not result in immediate injuries. However, rear-end collisions, even when they occur at low speeds, can cause severe and long lasting injuries that may affect your quality of life. Many times, people involved in a rear-end collision do not feel immediate pain, but begin to experience increasing pain and discomfort in various areas of their body during the hours following the collision. Things such as headaches, neck pain, forgetfulness, back pain, shoulder pain or knee pain, jaw pain, numbness and tingling in the fingers or legs, are some of the symptoms that develop following a car accident. If you were involved in a car accident and you are experiencing any of these symptoms or other symptoms, you should seek medical treatment immediately. You should also take the steps to ensure that your legal rights will be protected down the road by contacting an accident lawyer as soon as possible after the accident and getting the advice of the lawyer.