A serious pileup accident at an intersection in Clairemont left two badly hurt victims trapped in their vehicles, according to recent reports. The accident happened at the intersection of Genesee Avenue and Appleton Street when one driver, who was traveling south, failed to stop for a line of cars waiting on the stoplight. The crash set off a chain reaction that ultimately involved seven vehicles. A man and a woman were both trapped in different vehicles and had to be freed in order to be transported to the hospital with major injuries. Other victims were transported for treatment of minor injuries.
Rear-end collisions are the most common type of traffic collision, and many people see them as relatively minor accidents. However, rear-end collisions can have serious consequences for victims, including whiplash, major injury and even death.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at least 28 percent of all crashes involve rear-end impacts. At least 2.5 million rear-end collisions are reported every year, according to the National Safety Council. Because these accidents are so common, many people have the mistaken idea that they are “no big deal.” However, a rear-end collision can have long-term negative consequences for the victims.
One of the most common type of injuries reported in rear-end crashes is whiplash. About 20 percent of all those involved in a rear-end crash suffer some degree of whiplash. Whiplash symptoms can include pain in the head, neck, shoulders and back; inability to move the neck without pain; and long-term headache and muscle stiffness. Treatment for whiplash can take many months or even years; some patients never completely recover.
In most cases, the driver of the vehicle in the rear is determined to be at fault in a rear-end crash. This is true even if the front driver stopped suddenly. Drivers are supposed to maintain control over their vehicles at all times; if they fail to do so by being unable to brake in time to avoid an accident, they may be held responsible for resulting injuries.
If you have been injured in a rear-end crash, contact Daniel M. Gilleon in San Diego today. Mr. Gilleon has many years of experience in helping the victims of rear-end crashes recover compensation for their injuries. Call today for a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your case.