Common Injuries from Rear-End Car Accidents

A car damaged from the back after a rear-end collision

Common Injuries from Rear-End Car Accidents

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of serious injuries in Canada. According to the Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics, more than a hundred thousand collisions are reported each year with serious and fatal injuries in the country. Rear-end crashes are the most common types of car accidents in most countries and are usually attributed to lack of concentration, speeding, or brake failure.

While rear-end car accidents are not as serious as head-on collisions, they can still result in serious injuries that can be debilitating and can cost thousands of dollars in medical and rehabilitation fees.

Here are some of the most common injuries that occur during rear-end car accidents:

Head and Brain Injury

Head and brain injuries are the most dangerous injury reported by victims of rear-end car accidents. Depending on the seriousness of the injury, it can result in a concussion, brain swelling, loss of consciousness, and lacerations. The symptoms include impaired speech, fatigue, dizziness, behavioral changes, and cognitive impairment. Brain and head injuries require immediate attention and treatment, as they can also be fatal in some cases.


Whiplash is a muscle injury that occurs after a sudden and severe head movement due to the impact of a car accident. The biggest problem with whiplash is that it is difficult to identify as the symptoms can manifest many hours after the injury. If not treated in time, it can lead to chronic conditions such as neck pain, back pain, and even cognitive problems.

a car with deployed airbags following a rear-end collision

Airbag Injury

The airbags are programmed to deploy if the car is going at speed above 20mph and gets involved in an accident. Even with rear-end collisions, the airbags deploy with relative speed, and the impact can lead to neck and back injuries. The force of the airbag can also result in facial disfigurement and has the potential to burn, bruise, and scar the face.

Talk To An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer in Ottawa

The personal injury attorneys at McGuinty Law Offices in Ottawa have extensive experience working with victims of rear-end car accident injuries.

Call us today, and our experienced and skilled car accident lawyers will work on the legal process to get you compensation while you focus on your recovery!