Two young Chicago women lost their lives in a crash on the Eisenhower Expressway recently. NBC Chicago reports that the collision occurred at around 3:30 a.m. and involved an SUV and a van. The incident was described by law enforcement as a rear-end collision and the cause of the crash is currently being investigated.
Rear-end accident lawyers in Chicago know that rear end crashes are among the most common types of wrecks. In fact, a rear end collisions occurs an average of once every eight seconds on U.S. roads. A report published on the website of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that as many as 80 percent of all of these rear end collisions occur in four preceding conflict situations including longitudinal traffic; traffic jams; vehicles stopped at traffic lights; or cars about to turn left.
In many cases, these crashes happen at slow speeds since traffic jams and stopped vehicles aren’t generally moving very quickly. Despite this, however, rear-end crashes can still cause very serious injury or even fatalities as this recent accident shows.
Rear-End Accidents Can Cause Serious Harm to Victims
Drivers and passengers involved in rear-end accidents can also be thrown forward in their seats. If they are not wearing a seat belt, it is possible that these accident victims could be thrown through the windshield as a result of the force of the crash.
Both motorists in the front and motorists in the rear could sustain extensive injury as a result of the rear-end collision. While a wide variety of different kinds of injuries can happen to victims after a rear-end crash, some of the most common include:
- Air bag injuries such as broken facial bones and cuts or lacerations that result in scarring on the face.
- Whiplash, which occurs when the neck is jarred too aggressively out of place. This injury can sometimes cause lasting damage and the extent of the injury can be hard to prove to insurance companies, making it more difficult to obtain full compensation.
- Ankle and knee injuries, including broken bones and torn ligaments
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back injuries including damage to the discs
- Burn injuries
When these or other injuries occur after a collision, it’s important to determine the extent of your injuries, as well as the identities of responsible parties. You should get medical help right away, have your injuries documented after the crash and even consider keeping a pain journal to illustrate how your rear end accident injuries interfere with your daily life.
If the rear-end accident leads to fatalities, as the recent Chicago crash did, then the surviving family members of the accident victim can recover compensation in a wrongful death claim.