Rear-end crashes cause significantly more minor-to-moderate injuries than other types of car accidents. Each year nearly 3 million people sustain a whiplash injury. About 10% are permanently disabled. About half are left with some chronic problems.
Even though strains, sprains, disc injuries, contusions, fractures, mild head injuries, and other soft-tissue injuries are not fatal or permanent, they are often painful and debilitating. They put people off work and inhibit them from doing daily activities, often for substantial periods of time. So it makes sense to do whatever you can to lower the risk of injury in a rear-end collision.
Seating position is the next most important injury prevention factor. Most drivers are unaware of the on-coming collision and are unprepared for the crash. If they become aware, they may turn the head or brace incorrectly, increasing the likelihood of a more severe injury in the moments before impact occurs. If you are about to be hit from the rear, these tips may help keep you safe or lower your risk for injuries:
- Sit back against the seat and head restraint;
- Look straight ahead;
- Shrug your shoulders slightly to limit neck movement;
- Brake firmly if already stopped; and
- Place your hands flat against the steering wheel if in the driver’s seat.
Contact the Auto Accident Law Firm of Bice Law
If you have suffered injury from a vehicle accident, take the first step to protect your legal rights – contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law. We investigate the accident records or scene in order to interview key witnesses and document evidence before it has been destroyed or removed. We’ll review your medical records and evaluate your long-term prognosis to assess the amount of damages that your injury warrants. We’ll determine whether an out-of-court settlement or trial is the best strategy to obtain maximum benefits for you or your family. We serve families across both North and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, however, so you must act quickly. Contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law today by calling 877-BICE-877 or submit an online request to get a free consultation with a vehicle accident attorney.