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How a rear-end collision can cause paralysis

On Behalf of | Jul 15, 2022 | Personal Injury

Being careful and attentive while driving can mitigate the risk of most types of crashes, but a rear-end collision can occur at any time due to another driver’s negligence. The unfortunate truth about rear-end crashes is that many of them amount to more than a simple fender-bender and a case of whiplash.

When another vehicle strikes your car from behind, the result can be a life-altering personal injury. It is important for all motorists to understand how a rear-end collision can cause paralysis and what to do following a catastrophic crash.

How can a rear-end collision can paralysis?

The impact of another vehicle striking yours from the rear puts a particular strain on your lower back. If the impact is especially intense, such as when a large truck or bus collides with your car, it can cause tearing or fracturing in your spinal cord.  Under such conditions, temporary or permanent paralysis can occur.

What should you do after a catastrophic crash?

While a devastating rear-end can come about due to high-speed civilian vehicles, many involve big rigs or large delivery trucks. The National Safety Council reports the involvement of 4,842 large trucks in fatal crashes for the year 2020. If you experience such a crash, it is important to pursue financial compensation from the liable parties including any trucking companies and insurers who are responsible for trucking performance.

Knowing the potential outcome of a major rear-end collision can help you maintain awareness of situations that might lead to paralysis and other life-altering injuries. If you do experience an accident that dramatically changes your condition for the worse, take the appropriate steps to secure the financial compensation you need for paying your medical bills.