Rear-end Accidents and Injuries

Miami Car Accident Attorney Discusses Common Injuries from Rear-end Crashes car accident

Rear-end crashes can range from fender benders to complete demolition. Some people walk away from total losses. Others suffer severe life-altering injuries from seemingly minimal impacts. If you are involved in a rear-end collision and you are hurt, then you should get medical care as soon as possible and seek out the advice of a Miami Personal Injury Attorney.

Our Miami Car Accident Lawyers at Wolfson & Leon can help you. Our personal injury team has been helping Floridians since 1963 in all types of personal injury cases including rear-end crashes. We have seen the effects on our clients and what an unexpected injury can do to a family. We take our role as an advocate for personal injury victims and their loved ones very seriously.

Miami Personal Injury Lawyers Fight for You

The difficulty with many car crashes is that often there is no blood or bruising and other people think that you are not injured. On top of that, the insurance companies have been carrying out a campaign called “tort reform” which is directly targeted at making the personal injury victims out to be the bad guys. People who make claims are the ones causing everyone’s insurance rates to go up. Their personal injury attorneys are just as bad if you listen to the insurance companies. Why do they do this? It’s simple. Money.

Our Miami Personal Injury Attorneys are ready to fight for you. Our Car Accident Lawyers in Miami will aggressively represent you and your loved ones and do our very best to make sure you receive full, fair and complete compensation for your injuries. Just call us at (305) 285-1115 for your free consultation.

Miami Personal Injury Lawyer Describes the Most Common Injuries from Rear-end Car Accidents

One of the most important parts of our job as your Miami Car Accident Attorney is to help you navigate through the medical treatment and bills. We work to make sure your bills are paid and for a fair price. Our personal injury team tracks your medical bills and expenses so that you are reimbursed fairly when your case resolves through a settlement or jury verdict.

Rear-end collisions can occur on the Palmetto, Le Jeune Road, I-95, or the Dolphin Expressway. Rear-end accidents are not limited cars. These crashes can involve any type of vehicle including:

Here is a list of the most common injuries or Miami Personal Injury Lawyers see from rear-end car crashes:

Arm, shoulder, wrist injuries

The sudden and unexpected nature of most rear-end collisions does not allow the victim to brace themselves for impact. Sometimes the driver will see the accident about to happen and then they tense up and grab the wheel. The force of the impact can cause injuries to the shoulder, fingers, hands, wrists and arms. These injuries can even happen with a seatbelt on or even the explosion of air bags.


The word “whiplash” is the term that the tort reform loving insurance companies have successfully used to minimize car accident injuries. Now it is used as a punchline – unless it happens to you. What happens in real life is not funny at all. Your neck has a normal range of motion. If you are forced to extend beyond your normal range because of a rear-end impact it is called hyperextension. When your muscles and tissues are extended beyond normal limits, tears can occur. Think of a sprained ankle. If you have neck pain after a rear-end car accident you should get medical care as soon as possible. You might have a sprain and strain of the neck or cervical spine. You might also have a worse injury then you know. If you have a herniated or bulging disc in your spine, you will need extensive medical treatment and may ultimately need surgery.

Back or Lumbar Spine Injuries

Your low back is called the lumbar spine. The force of an impact in a rear-end car crash can cause severe and life-threatening injuries. Sometimes because of adrenaline and the shock of an accident you may not even realize that you have a lumbar spine injury. Untreated these spinal injuries can result in surgery, paralysis or worse. No one should fake an injury to make money. But at the same time, there is no need to “tough it out” either. If your back doesn’t feel right after a car accident, our Miami Personal Injury Lawyers strongly recommend that you see a doctor and get checked out.

Seatbelt or lap belt injuries

Even if you are wearing a lap belt or seatbelt you can still get serious injuries in an rear-end crash. Bruising and lacerations can be caused by the very seatbelts that saved your life. It is also possible to develop nerve injuries from the entrapment of nerves in the locations where the seat belts restrict your movement. One such condition that can be caused by a seatbelt is meralgia paresthetica (also referred to as Bernhardt-Roth syndrome) which can cause numbness and tingling in the outer thigh. The symptoms come from an injury to the nerve that extends from the thigh to the spinal column.

Face, jaw, TMJ and head injuries

Facial fractures can result from rear-end car accidents. Our Miami Personal Injury Lawyers have represented clients with broken noses, fractured jawbone and cheekbones. Retinas can also become detached.

Jaw injuries are especially tricky. In much the same way as your spine can be stretched beyond its normal limits, your mouth can open to an unsafe hyperextension resulting in a permanent injury to your jaw. An injury to the jaw can include what is called a TMJ (temporomandibular joint injury) which may make it difficult to open and close your mouth. Sometimes a jaw will lock from a TMJ injury from a rear-end accident. TMJ injuries may need months of treatment or even surgery.

Head injuries can be the biggest hidden result from a rear-end collision. Some people get cuts and lacerations that require medical treatment. Those are easy to spot. But if there is a small yet significant injury to your brain, the symptoms may not become clear until sometime has passed. These are referred to as Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and require a team of doctors to diagnose and treat. Even a small TBI can have a profound effect on your quality of life and your ability to make a living. Our Miami Serious Injury Lawyers strongly recommend that you tell your physicians all of your symptoms. If it isn’t important, the doctor will tell you. Better safe than sorry.

What Is The Most Common Type Of Car Accident?

Rear-end car crashes are the most common type of accidents in the United States. Based on research conducted by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, over 29% of accidents throughout the country resulted from one car being hit by another from behind. Rear-impact accidents can happen while drivers are stopped at traffic lights, stop signs, or sitting in traffic. The severity of these accidents is often impacted by how fast the at-fault driver was traveling. Rear-end crashes that push the car in front out into oncoming traffic can result in extensive injuries as drivers may be hit from multiple directions.

What Causes A Rear-End Accident?

Rear-end crashes occur when one car hits another car from behind. When a vehicle is speeding toward a car stopped at a light or a stop sign, they can hit the car from behind if they are unable to stop. In other cases, rear-end crashes are caused by drivers who follow too closely behind the vehicle in front of them and haven't left enough room to stop safely. Rear-end crashes are also caused by drivers who are distracted when talking on the phone, texting or flipping through the radio stations. By the time they focus their attention back on the road, it may be too late to avoid hitting a stopped car.

What are Common Injuries Caused By Rear-End Accidents?

When a car is struck from behind, the most common injuries occur in the neck, back, and head. If the vehicle is hit at a high speed, this can cause a person's body to thrash violently forward and back. This motion can tear the muscles and tendons in a person's neck resulting in a severe injury known as whiplash. This rapid movement may also cause a traumatic brain injury if a person hits their head or tears delicate brain tissues. Back injuries, such as herniated discs, are common in rear-end crashes. Victims of rear-end collisions may also experience other damages such as lacerations, sprained or broken wrists, and bruises.

How Do I Find The Best Rear-End Car Accident Lawyer In Miami?

A severe rear-end crash can cause injuries that may impact a victim for the rest of their lives. It is crucial to seek the best rear-end accident and injury lawyer to help you get the justice that you deserve. You shouldn't take selecting a personal injury attorney lightly. Their experience, skill, and qualifications can impact the success of your case. With many firms offering free case evaluations, take the time to learn about the attorney's background. Find out how often they handle rear-end crash cases and their success rate. Ask about the working relationship and if you'll deal with the attorney or their staff. Choose an attorney who will best represent your rights with the insurance company or in court.

Miami Personal Injury Attorneys Representing Rear-end Car Crash Victims
Attorney Jonah Wolfson
Attorney Jonah M. Wolfson

Wolfson & Leon has represented rear-end car accident victims since 1963. Our managing attorney is Jonah Wolfson. He is a former Miami Beach City Commissioner who served his community for eight years. He is also a bilingual personal injury attorney in Miami who enjoys serving his former constituents and current clients in English and Spanish. Jonah and his team of professionals are ready to help you and all you need to do is call (305) 285-1115 to get started on your road to recovery from your car accident.

Our law firm has serves personal injury clients from all over Florida including The Roads, Miami Gardens, Allapattah, Weston, Coconut Grove, Pompano, Aventura, Hollywood, Dania, Pembroke Pines, Wilton Manors, Florida City and throughout Florida.

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