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The Most Common Injuries Faced In Fender Benders


Rear-end accidents, or what is more commonly known as “fender benders”, are some of the most common types of injuries in Florida and across the United States. When one thinks of a simple rear-end accident, they usually think of an inconvenience that may make them late for work, leave them a few days without a car, or make them a little sore the next day. However, fender bender accidents can cause far more serious injuries as well.

Depending on the speed of the car that crashed into the one in front of it, the types of vehicles involved, and whether occupants of either vehicle were wearing seatbelts all plays a role into the severity of the accident and the injuries received.

The 5 Most Common Types of Rear-End Accident Injuries

While any number of injuries can come from a rear-end accident in Florida, there are some that are more common than others. The 5 most common types of rear-end accident injuries are:

Whiplash – Whiplash is the single most common injury suffered in a rear-end accident. This type of soft tissue injury is caused by the violent movement of the neck and head due to the force of the car crashing into your bumper, and in some cases, it can leave lasting consequences. While in many cases whiplash will go away on its own after a couple of days, others may require prolonged medical attention, physical therapy, or visits to a chiropractor to take care of their pain.

• Back injuries – Back injuries can be devastating no matter the cause, but they’re even more so when caused by a negligent fender bender car accident. The force of the impact can cause the spine to compress or fall out of line, causing serious pain and even the need for prolonged medical care. While suffering from a back injury, a person may be confined to their bed or couch, and unable to work, drive, or carry out much physical activity until they’ve healed.

• Brain injuries – Traumatic brain injuries can happen quickly, and their effects can be devastating. In fender bender rear-end type accidents, the most common causes of brain injuries are extreme cases of whiplash where the brain hits against the interior of the skull, or if the head makes blunt force contact with the dashboard, steering wheel, or windshield.

• Injuries to the wrists and arms – For drivers, in particular, injuries to the wrists and arms are very common in rear-end injuries. When the force of a vehicle pushes into the back of your vehicle, and your hands are resting on the steering wheel, your arms and wrists wind up taking the brunt of the force. Wrist and arm injuries may require surgery, physical therapy, and missed work depending on the industry a driver is in.

Airbag injuries – In some cases, especially if the car crashing into your vehicle has been speeding, the airbags may deploy causing airbag injuries. Not only can an airbag scald the face and scalp, the force of deployment can break bones like those in the face, arms, or torso.

What To Do If You Find Yourself In A Fender Bender?

If you’ve found yourself in a rear-end collision, the first thing you should do is see a medical professional. Many times, the adrenaline rush of a rear-end collision will dull any pain being felt, so you may assume you don’t have injuries or those you do have aren’t as severe as they really are. Seeing a medical professional right away will ensure you are properly assessed and able to pursue a personal injury claim if you need to.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

The Most Common Injuries Faced In Fender Benders

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
Murphy & Walsh




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