Dos and Don’ts—Whether You’re the Front Car or the Back Car

Surviving a Rear-End Collision

Female Driver Making Phone Call After Traffic Accident, looking at the accident


On the long list of Utah’s road hazards, rear-end collisions likely fall near the bottom of the list of concerns. Because rear-end collisions are so common, and often so minor, many people do not understand just how devastating they can be. However, with the sharp increase in reckless driving and drunk driving, rear-end accidents can be incredibly serious and, in some unfortunate cases, just as fatal as other car accidents

The Most Common Car Crash:

Rear-end collisions are extraordinarily common. In fact, they make up nearly half of all 2018 motor vehicle accidents. That means that, in just one year, there were over 4 million rear-end collisions. And, one of the most common causes of accidents among new drivers is rear-end collisions. Though most people don’t consider these types of accidents to be serious, they can cause vast amounts of damage. These types of crashes can cause suspension problems, electrical problems, and even alignment issues in your car. Furthermore, many people are also left with large medical bills after being rear ended.

Rear-End Collisions Frequently Cause Injury:

In 2018, 42.4% of rear-end collisions involved injuries severe enough to warrant medical attention. It is commonly believed that the only injury caused by a rear-end collision are minor strains and sprains. But this is simply not true. Even rear-end collisions at low speeds can cause back pain and spinal injuries. Rear-end collisions can also lead to a “chain reaction” which could leave many people with serious injuries.

When Whiplash Is Serious:

Though rear-end collisions can lead to a wide variety of injuries, whiplash is the most common. Most people would be surprised to find out just how serious whiplash can be. While most cases will go away with a little rest and tylenol, other cases may involve very serious complications. If you have numbness or weakness in your arms, pain when moving your head, or if your symptoms spread to your neck and shoulders, contact a doctor immediately. Albeit rare, whiplash can cause chronic conditions.

Responding to a Rear-End Collision:

If you are involved in a rear-end collision, the first thing you should do is make sure the other person is okay. If necessary, call for emergency help. Make sure you get plenty of pictures of the accident. Though the following car is usually considered at fault in rear-end collisions, you should never admit fault. The car in front of you may have been distracted, drinking, or under the influence of drugs. Following the accident, it is important to contact your insurance provider immediately. If at any point you begin to feel pain from the accident, you should go to the doctor as soon as possible.

When You’ve Been Injured:

Rear-end collisions can be extremely frustrating. These car accidents are often very costly due to the vehicle damage alone, not to mention the cost of doctor appointments and x-rays. Some of the injuries sustained from a rear-end collision can even cause chronic pain. If you have been seriously injured in a rear-end collision, you may have options. At Moxie Law Group, our experienced lawyers understand the intricacies of personal injury and can help guide you through your options.