What happens in rear end collision?

When a vehicle is struck from the rear it is accelerated forward, causing the seatback to push against the occupant’s torso and propel it forward. The unsupported head lags behind the torso until the neck reaches its limit of distortion. Then the head is suddenly accelerated by the neck much like the tip of a whip; hence the term whiplash. Head restraints limit the neck distortion by pushing the head forward with the torso.

rear impact simulation

As the vehicle accelerates forward from the starting position, the seatback pushes the occupant forward. If the head is unsupported (top sequence), then the neck bends rearward. Eventually the seatback springs forward, pushing the body ahead of the neck during rebound.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a rear end collision, consult a doctor or visit an emergency room immediately. Follow your doctor’s instructions and ask about all the necessary testing, including MRI scans, and CT scans, if needed.

Call an Experienced Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyer

It is also essential that you hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to handle your case. The lawyers at Curran & Desharnais, P.C. are experienced in working with top medical experts to evaluate claims and in getting compensation for injury victims.

Because a Statute of Limitations applies to your case, you may have a limited timeframe to file your case. It is essential that you act immediately to protect your rights. Contact Curran & Desharnais, P.C. at 781-618-3197 for your free legal consultation.


Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Personal Injury, Trucking Accidents

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