Many people don’t think that rear-end crashes are very serious; however, this type of wreck can lead to some catastrophic injuries. Some of the injuries that are possible include whiplash, broken bones, spinal trauma, or brain damage.
Rear-end crashes account for approximately 29% of all wrecks. They’re often caused by drivers who aren’t paying attention to the roadways and those who misjudge how quickly they can stop. Drowsy driving is also sometimes the culprit.
How can you protect yourself from rear-end crashes?
There isn’t much you can do to avoid a rear-end crash. By the time you realize that there’s a driver barreling up behind you, there probably isn’t much you can do to protect yourself. Your best protection is to wear your seat belt properly so you’re not at risk of being launched out of the vehicle.
For people who have third-row seating in their vehicle, there’s little evidence regarding the safety of the passengers in that row if there’s a rear-end crash. Because of this, it’s especially important to ensure that anyone in that row is buckled in. Children who require car seats should have the correct one and have it properly fastened to provide them with the most protection.
Victims of rear-end crashes may suffer from catastrophic injuries, which can lead to a lifelong increase in expenses. This sometimes comes with a decrease or cessation in income. These victims may opt to pursue a claim for compensation so they can recover the financial damages. There’s a limited amount of time in Colorado for you to get this done, so be sure that you work swiftly after the wreck.