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Boling Rice LLC
207 Pirkle Ferry Road
Cumming, Georgia 30040
Phone: (770) 887-3162

Cumming, GA Rear-End Collision Injuries

Night light lamp of a carAccording to the U.S. Department of Transportation[1] Federal Highway Administration, each year there are more than 6 million car accidents. Of those, 2.5 million are rear-end auto accidents. There are many different causes of rear-end collisions including:

  • Accidents – Sudden car accidents directly in the lane of traffic ahead can bring everyone to a quick stop causing even multiple rear-end collisions.
  • Construction – The sudden appearance of flag-bearing construction workers and commercial vehicles suddenly backing into traffic can cause unexpected stops which lead to rear-end collisions.
  • Driver inattention – Distractions from cell phone usage, eating, listening to loud music, conversing with passengers, and looking away from the road are frequent causes of driver distraction.
  • Driver intoxication – Alcohol significantly compromises a driver’s reflexes, thereby preventing the driver from stopping in a timely fashion. Falling asleep is also a common occurrence for intoxicated drivers.
  • Faulty brake lights – Cars with inoperable brake lights do not give the vehicles in the back sufficient notice of the driver’s intention to stop.
  • Road defects – Potholes, road signs that are obscured by foliage or other obstacles, and non-working traffic signals can all contribute to a rear-end accident.
  • Weather conditions – Rain, high winds, and fog can affect a driver’s ability to see in front of the vehicle, to stop in time, and to keep the car within a safe distance from the vehicle in front

Cumming Injuries Sustained in Rear-End Collisions

If a Forsyth county driver or passenger is involved in a rear-end crash, they may sustain any number of different type of injuries.

  • Whiplash: Whiplash is a term used to describe pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulder area that occurs when the neck, shoulders, and spine suddenly and violently move, or “snap” well beyond their normal range. Also referred to as hyperextension and hyperflexion, the sudden snapping of the neck, shoulders, and spine is like the motion of a whip as it snaps, hence the term whiplash. According to the National Safety Council, 20 percent of all people involved in rear-end collisions suffer a whiplash injury[2]. Of those, almost 80 percent experience pain and soreness lasting longer than a week. Fifty percent have pain and soreness that lasts more than a year.
  • Back injuries: The force of impact, even at low speeds, can result in compression of the spine and the disks located in the lower back area of the spinal column.
  • Face and head injuries: Many rear-end auto accidents occur at speeds of less than 20 miles per hour.  In a slow speed rear-end collision, when the airbags do not deploy, an individual’s face can smash into the steering wheel. The force of the impact can break the nose, fracture the cheek and jawbone, and even detach the retina. When speeds are higher than 20 miles per hour and airbags do deploy, the impact can result in injury to the facial area and scalp.
  • Wrist, finger, hand, and arm injuries: The force of a rear-end car accident can cause the wrists, hands, fingers, and arms to jerk violently on the steering wheel and hit the sun visor. Even when airbags deploy, the wrists, fingers, hands, and arms can still become wedged between the airbag and the steering wheel or dashboard causing injury.

Insurance Study Shows Decrease in Rear-End Collisions with Automatic Brakes

A recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety[3] study confirms that automatic braking, which can bring a vehicle to a stop if it senses an imminent collision,  reduces rear-end crashes by 40 percent. Front collision warning, which warns the driver but does not brake, reduces the risk of a rear-end crash by 23 percent. The institute measured the systems’ effectiveness by looking at police records for 7,490 rear-end crashes in 27 states. All of the crashes happened between 2010 and 2014. They only considered crashes caused by vehicles that offered optional automatic braking or forward-collision warning. Then they compared the performance of the vehicles that were equipped with the optional systems and those that were not.  The institute said that if all vehicles were equipped with systems that worked as well as the ones studied, there would have been 700,000 fewer rear-end crashes in 2013 alone.

Contact a Cumming, GA Rear-End Collision Attorney

If you were a driver or passenger in a car involved in a rear end collision, you likely sustained serious injuries.  It is necessary to speak to an experienced Cumming, GA rear-end collision attorney to determine if the driver of the other car is responsible for your injuries and damages under Georgia law.

References:

[1] http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/crash_facts/
[2] http://www.nsc.org/Measure/Pages/safety-management-research-statistical-services.aspx
[3] http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2016-01-28/study-finds-automatic-braking-cuts-rear-end-crash-risk

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