common injuries from rear end collisionsRear-end collisions are one of the most common car accident types.

These crashes, despite having the potential to be serious, are often made light of, being called “fender-benders” and dismissed by insurance adjusters as minor and insignificant.

But rear-end collisions aren’t always slight parking lot crashes; sometimes, rear-end collisions happen at high speeds, and when they do, rear-end collision injuries and damages can be significant.

If you have been harmed in a rear-end collision in Mississippi, our car accident lawyers at the Harris Law Firm can help you to understand your rights.

Most Common Rear-End Collision Injuries

The injuries sustained in a rear-end collision can vary depending upon the force involved in the crash, the safety features of a vehicle (i.e. airbags), and whether or not occupants were wearing their seatbelts at the time of impact. Some of the most common injuries from being rear-ended include:


A whiplash injury is the most common injury type that results from a rear-end crash. This type of injury refers to harm to the neck that is caused by the sudden back-and-forth motion, or sideways motion, of the head in a whip-like fashion. Whiplash affects the muscles, ligaments, and tendons that are found within the neck – as such, it is often referred to as a neck sprain or strain injury.

The symptoms of whiplash vary on a case-by-case basis, but might include soreness or stiffness of the neck; pain when moving the neck, shoulders, or arms; headaches; tenderness in the neck, head, shoulders, and arms; dizziness; numbness in the upper body; and fatigue. When a whiplash injury is especially serious, it could also result in blurred vision, sleep disturbances, tinnitus, and even depression.

How a whiplash injury is treated depends on the severity of the injury. Pain management techniques might include rest, an over-the-counter or prescription pain medication or anti-inflammatory drug, exercise, and physical therapy. An injured person may also benefit from the temporary and intermittent use of a foam collar, which will stabilize the neck.

Most of the time, a whiplash injury will heal on its own over time when accompanied by exercises and pain management techniques. In the meantime, though, a whiplash injury can be painful enough to be disabling, preventing an injured person from doing the things they love or returning to work.


Another common rear-end collision injury is that of a concussion, which is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI). A concussion occurs when the head is hit with a blunt object, or when the force of a crash causes the brain to slam into the wall of the skull, as is possible in a rear-end crash (the force of the snapping back and forth, much like whiplash, can be enough to damage the brain).

The symptoms of a concussion vary based on the severity; most concussions will not cause the occupant to lose consciousness. Symptoms of a concussion include a headache, temporary loss of memory, dizziness, fatigue, ringing in the ears, confusion, and nausea. Sometimes, a concussion can also result in emotional disorders, including moodiness, crying, trouble controlling one’s emotions, and even angry outbursts.

The long-term consequences of a concussion have the potential to be limiting, and include the potential of vertigo, headaches, thinking and cognitive difficulties, and more.

Facial Injuries

A vehicle that is equipped with proper safety features, and is functioning as intended, will typically deploy its airbags in the event that a rear-end crash occurs. While airbags can be life-saving, they can also cause facial and other injuries, including rib fracture injuries, to those who are seated in the front driver or passenger seat of a motor vehicle. A face may be impacted with severe force, resulting in fractured facial bones, eye injuries, severe bruising, and lacerations.

If a person is not wearing a seatbelt at the time of a rear-end collision, injuries may be even more severe. Indeed, a person could hit or go through the vehicle’s windshield, resulting in traumatic brain injuries, lacerations, bone fractures, internal injuries, and even death. Rear-end collisions have the potential to be fatal.

Call Our Law Firm for Your Free Consultation Today

Rear-end collision injuries aren’t always minor – even a whiplash injury can be debilitating, painful, and expensive to remedy. If you have suffered rear-end collision injuries, you should call our experienced Mississippi car accident lawyers at the Harris Law Firm today. Common injuries from being rear-ended have the potential to be serious, and when they are, our lawyers will fight for your right to recover your full value of economic and noneconomic losses.

To schedule a free consultation with our law office to discuss your car accident, your damages, and the remedies available to you, please send us a message or call us today. We work on a contingency fee basis, and never charge you upfront fees for our services.

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Noel Harris

W. Noel Harris, founder of Harris Law Firm, PLLC, is a distinguished personal injury attorney with a Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law. Since 1981, he has been a dedicated member of the Plaintiff’s bar, specializing in personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and products liability. Known for his profound legal knowledge and tenacious client representation, Noel has over three decades of experience, yielding numerous million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. His commitment to justice is reflected in his memberships in prestigious legal associations, including the Mississippi and Arkansas Bars, Mississippi Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, and the National Trial Lawyers Association. Recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer and holding an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, Noel’s expertise and ethical standards set him apart as a leading advocate for accident victims in Greenville, MS. Read

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