Rear-end collisions are perhaps the most common type of car accidents across the country, including those that happen in Las Vegas, Nevada. While these fender-benders tend to have a reputation for being minor accidents, some of these collisions can cause major property damage and severe injuries. In fact, when the rear-end collision involves a van or SUV hitting a smaller passenger vehicle, the resulting damages can be substantial.
A pretty common term, whiplash refers to a range of injuries that affect the soft tissues in the neck. When a sudden change or jerking of movement in the neck occurs, like an extreme or violent nodding, whiplash happens. This type of injury is common after a Las Vegas rear-end collision. This is because when a rear-end collision happens, the sudden and extreme snapping or whipping of the neck can cause minor or major injuries.
While many believe whiplash is only a result of high-speed and serious car accidents, the injury is actually pretty common in low-speed and low-intensity crashes, as well. This is because whiplash is a complicated injury that has several contributing factors above and beyond the force of the impact.
Causes of Rear-End Collisions
There are several common causes of rear-end collisions in Las Vegas. These may include:
Following the car in front of you too closely;
Failing to pay attention to the slowing down or stopping of vehicles in front of you;
Distracted driving including texting, radio usage, eating or drinking, etc.;
Poor road conditions including rain, snow, ice, construction, etc.;
Improper maintenance of the car including brake pads, headlights or brake lights, etc.;
Not following the speed limit (whether too fast or too slow).
Additional factors that can affect the severity of a whiplash injury from a Las Vegas rear-end collision include the position of the passenger’s head and/or body at the time of the impact, the height and weight of the person at the time of the crash, the position of the vehicle’s seat head and restraints, as well as the comparable size and weight of the vehicles involved, among other factors.
Common Symptoms of Whiplash
When it comes to a whiplash injury, the signs and symptoms may not be obvious and may appear days after the accident. Some signs of whiplash include:
Pain and/or stiffness in the neck
Decreased range of motion
Shoulder, arm, or back pain
Headaches, dizziness, and/or blurred vision
Sleep issues and/or fatigue
Atypical sensations (burning, tingling, prickling).
One misconception that many people have about whiplash is that it is not a serious injury. Because whiplash involves soft tissue, symptoms may not seem so serious and many victims will wait to seek medical treatment. In reality, however, soft tissue injuries, particularly those of the neck, can affect the health not only the neck but the spine and overall body. If left without medical treatment, whiplash can have long-lasting effects. Even if symptoms do not seem serious after a Las Vegas rear-end accident, it is critical to seek medical treatment right away.
If you or someone you know is involved in a Las Vegas rear-end collision, contact the Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at Parry & Pfau.
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