Common Rear End-Collision Injuries and How You Can Recover

By Greg Kohn

If you have recently been in an accident where another car hit you from behind, you are likely suffering from some injury. Unfortunately, rear-end accidents are common. As New Jersey rear-end car accident attorneys, we work closely with our clients to determine the extent of their injuries and how to make sure that they can restore their lives following an accident. This does not only include getting adequate compensation for your initial injuries, but we also look forward to ensuring that you can recover from those injuries. 

Common Injuries Sustained in Rear-end Accidents

Here are some of the most common injuries that our clients suffer from a rear-end accident.

Whiplash Injuries

Whiplash occurs from the rapid movement of your head and neck back and forth during an accident. When you are hit from behind, your head usually snaps quickly backward and then lurches forward after the initial impact. Because whiplash injuries affect the head and neck, they can be incredibly disruptive to your routine. Additionally, immediately following an accident, many people do not immediately recognize their injuries, but you may begin to feel soreness a few hours later. Be sure to go to your doctor or the hospital for a complete evaluation of your injuries.

Back Strains

When you are hit from behind, it can force your body to move in unnatural or exaggerated ways. Unfortunately, this can pull or twist the muscles or tendons in your back. As with most injuries, you may never realize how much you used specific muscles until they are injured. Back injuries can make it difficult to move, sleep, breathe, or sit comfortably. Due to the disruptive nature of back injuries, it can be critical to seek medical attention for help.


Nearly any bone can be fractured because of a rear-end collision. This includes fractures in the spinal column, ribs, or even your wrists and arms. Fractures can range in their severity and need for recovery. However, it is vital to ensure that you see a doctor if you suspect a fracture. There may be additional complications resulting from a fracture that cause internal injuries that may go unnoticed in the immediate moments after an accident.

Recovering From Your Injuries

After an accident, even a minor one, we suggest that our clients seek prompt medical attention. Sometimes minor injuries can get worse because people didn’t realize that something was injured. The immediate help of licensed medical professionals can also help you avoid additional discomfort and get you healing quickly.

Depending on your injuries, you may require a little bit of rest to recover completely, or it may range to complicated surgeries and lifelong alterations to your lifestyle. However, getting the appropriate medical care and following their advice can help to reduce or eliminate these side effects.

If you have been in a vehicle accident and suffered any injuries, be sure to work closely with your doctor to keep medical records. Your records may be helpful to get financial compensation to cover the costs of your expenses and identify any long-term treatments that you might need. For answers to your rear-end accident questions, contact our office today.

About the Author
Greg Kohn is a partner at Nagel Rice and specializes in complex civil litigation cases, including professional malpractice, personal injury, class actions, wrongful death, products liability, and commercial litigation.  He has extensive experience representing clients in both state and federal court. Greg has tried many jury trials to verdict and has recovered over $50 million in settlements and verdicts in all types of personal injury matters including automobile accidents, wrongful death cases, slip and falls, and other catastrophic injury cases. Greg also handles medical malpractice cases, involving misdiagnoses, wrongful birth, and delayed cancer diagnosis. If you have questions regarding this article, you can contact Greg here.