What Effects Does a Rear-End Collision Have on the Body?

Rear end collisions have a reputation for being minor “fender-benders.” However, rear-end collisions result in around 1,700 fatalities each year according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Another 500,000 people are injured every year.

With numbers like these, anyone involved in a rear-end collision should seek out immediate medical help. The traumatic effects on your body could be devastating. Below, we identify the most common complaints.


This is a common soft-tissue injury we see in rear-end collisions. After being hit, the head is forced forward beyond its normal range of motion, before snapping back much like a whip. This motion can tear the tendons in the back and upper shoulders. It can also pinch nerves in the same areas.

Whiplash has common symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Neck stiffness
  • Shoulder pain
  • Weakness or numbness in a limb
  • Dizziness
  • Concentration problems
  • Sleep impairment

It might take a day or two for symptoms to develop, so closely monitor how you feel after a rear-end crash.

Bulging Discs

In between your vertebrae are rubbery pads that provide cushion. With a rear-end collision, these discs can become displaced or rupture. The soft inner substance can extrude from the disc, pressing against the spinal cord or other nerves and leaving victims in constant pain. These injuries are often called “herniated discs.” For treatment, you might need surgery or physical rehabilitation.


A motorist can fracture the bones in his or her hands, arms, feet, or legs. Some very bad rear-end collisions can also lead to rib fractures, which can have devastating complications such as pneumonia. If the person was not wearing a seatbelt, then the injuries are usually much worse.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Any shaking motion can impair the way the brain functions. A concussion is a common injury in rear-end crashes. Concussions are a relatively mild form of TBI, but they can impair mobility, speech, mood, memory, and cognitive function. Motorists must take concussions seriously and go to the hospital. Usually, treatment is conservative and focuses on the symptoms. A mild concussion can clear in several weeks, but more serious ones could leave motorists permanently disabled.

Involved in a Rear-End Collision? We’ve Got Your Back

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